Tag: Winter Meetings

MLB News: Yankees Upgrade Rotation, Bring Back Happ

After some deliberation, multiple sources have reported the Yankees’ acquisition of left-handed pitcher JA Happ.

Happ has proven himself to be one of the most respectable and consistent pitchers in all of baseball. At 36 years old, he doesn’t exactly have the velocity of an ace, but using his deception and excellent baseball knowledge, he’s worked his way to a two year, $35 Million deal with a vesting option for a third year.

Happ had a stellar season to begin with, tossing his way through 177.2 frames with a 3.65 ERA. However, the real magic with Happ came when he was transferred to New York at the deadline. Under his tenure with the Yankees, Happ turned in a 2.69 ERA and did not lose a single one of his starts. This would explain the Bombers extreme interest in the pitcher, and the reunion that eventually ensued.

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MLB News: Phillies Sign OF Andrew McCutchen

According to multiple reports, the Philadelphia Phillies agreed to terms with Free Agent outfielder and former-MVP Andrew McCutchen. The deal is worth $50 Million over three years and includes a club option.

McCutchen has somewhat regressed from his prior All-Star form, but still plays respectable baseball, and is one year removed from a very good year in which he turned in a .279/.363/.486 slash with 28 long balls — which is pretty solid for a then 30 year-old outfielder.

What the Phillies really get here is a fantastic club house guy, a hard competitor, and a big social media presence. Cutch is also a veteran who knows the game, and works excellent at-bats. There is no doubt in my mind that this is an excellent pickup for the Phillies, and, if Cutch can return to even a slight semblance of his former caliber, he could be the catch of the offseason.