Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ delivers against the Athletics on Sept, 4, 2018, at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California.

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Reports: Yankees Nearing Deal To Bring Back Happ

December 12, 2018 - 10:46 am
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NEW YORK (WFAN) -- The Yankees are reportedly closing in on a deal to re-sign pitcher J.A. Happ.

The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal had reported Wednesday on Twitter that the two sides agreed on a three-year deal, but the walked back that report about 10 minutes later. Nevertheless, it appears, based on multiple reports, that the Yankees and Happ are on the verge of an agreement. WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman reported Wednesday that the "Yankees are making strong progress" toward a Happ deal.

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The Yankees acquired Happ in a trade-deadline deal with the Blue Jays in July. The left-hander was stellar after arriving in the Bronx, going 7-0 with a 2.69 ERA in 11 appearances. He, however, struggled in his lone playoff appearance, allowing five runs over two innings in the opening game of the ALDS against the Red Sox, a 5-4 loss.

Happ, 36, went 17-6 with a 3.98 ERA with 193 strikeouts overall with the Yankees and Blue Jays in 2018. Over his 12-year career, he's 109-82 with a 3.90 ERA. He was selected to his first All-Star Game last season.

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Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has made it clear that he's been looking to add two front-line pitchers to the rotation this offseason. He acquired the first one last month when he traded with the Mariners for James Paxton. The Yankees also targeted Patrick Corbin but were outbid by the Nationals. New York was also reportedly interested in bringing back Nathan Eovaldi, but he re-signed with the Red Sox last week.

The rest of the Yankees' rotation includes Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka and CC Sabathia. Jordan Montgomery is also set to return, but he's coming off Tommy John surgery.