Report: Phillies interested in bringing back JA Happ
The Philadelphia Phillies have been linked to just about every big-name free agent this offseason, and they are reportedly interested in signing a starting pitcher with whom they have some history.
According to Jayson Stark of The Athletic, the Phillies have interest in signing J.A. Happ. They are quite familiar with the left-hander, as he began his career in Philly.
The #Phillies have had ongoing dialogue with LHP J.A. Happ over the last several days, according to sources. The Phillies have a long shopping list. But Happ appears to be their best fit, as a LH with experience in Philadelphia who won't require a long deal. Still seeking 3 years
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) December 10, 2018
Happ turned 36 in October, but he proved he still has plenty left in the tank in 31 starts with the Blue Jays and Yankees last season. He was a perfect 7-0 with a 2.69 ERA after New York acquired him from Toronto in a trade, though he struggled and allowed five earned runs in just two innings in his lone playoff start against the Boston Red Sox.
As Stark notes, Happ has been seeking a three-year deal. Teams would probably prefer to give him two years at a higher average annual value, but there has been no shortage of interest in him. It would not be a surprise if he gets the contract he is seeking from the Phillies or some other team.