Pirates Want to Re-Sign J.A. Happ
J.A. Happ will become a free agent for the first time this winter. J.A. Happ is set to hit the open market for the first time in his career. The Pirates have indicated they want to re-sign him, and Happ has said that he would be open to returning, according to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
"It's a team I would definitely consider, absolutely," Happ said. "Whatever happens, happens. I'm happy with where I'm at right now, and we'll see what's down the road."The 2015 season didn't start well for Happ, pitching to a 4.64 ERA with a 6.8 K/9 and a 2.7 K/9 in 21 starts for the Seattle Mariners. After he was traded to the Pirates in the summer, Happ righted the ship and posted a 1.85 ERA with 9.8 K/9 and a 1.8 BB/9 over eleven starts. In his piece, Biertempfel talks about how much a potential deal for Happ could cost. He cites that Jason Hammel got a two year, $20 million deal from the Cubs after going 10-11 with a 3.47 ERA in 2014 as a potential comp.
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