With many of the top available pitchers now off the shelves, the talk around a certain veteran southpaw has started to heat up.
After Patrick Corbin and Nathan Eovaldi signed with the Nationals and Red Sox respectively and Carlos Carrasco took himself off the trade market with an extension with the Cleveland Indians, J.A. Happ has emerged as one of the top available starting pitchers on the market and is garnering interest from a variety of contenders.
In light of Eovaldi signing, J.A. Happ market is intensifying today, as expected. Yankees still on him, as well as Phillies and others. Keep an eye on this one.— Andy Martino (@martinonyc) December 6, 2018
Sources are indicating that the 36-year-old is looking for a three-year deal that would take him through his age-39 season.
#Yankees want J.A. Happ on two-year deal, but he wants at least three-year deal, according to a source. #Phillies showing interest in him, as well as NY.— Max Wildstein (@MaxWildstein) December 6, 2018
Could see Philadelphia give him a deal he wants, but Happ would be 39 years old at the end of a three-year pact.
Given this stipulation, the Phillies -- who have said that they would get a little stupid with their free agent spending -- are probably more likely to give Happ what he wants, as the Yankees have been known to balk at paying players beyond their usefulness.
However, the Yankees are still in need of starting rotation depth, and Happ has proven that he can handle New York and will likely come cheaper than the likes of Dallas Keuchel or even Charlie Morton.
Whoever ends up with him will be getting a quality two or three starter for at least a year, but beyond that, there's no telling what he will be able to do as he approaches 40.