Twins sign pitcher J.A. Happ

January 22nd, 2021

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN – The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have signed left-handed pitcher J.A. Happ to a one-year contract.

Happ, 38, spent the 2020 season with the New York Yankees, going 2-2 with a 3.47 ERA (49.1 IP, 19 ER), 15 walks, 42 strikeouts, a .208 opponent batting average and a 1.05 WHIP in nine starts. Among pitchers with at least 40.0 innings pitched in 2020, he ranked 11th in the American League in both WHIP and opponent batting average.

Since 2016, the 6-foot-5, 205-pound lefty has gone 61-31 with a 3.77 ERA (728.2 IP, 305 ER), 221 walks, 680 strikeouts and a .238 opponent batting average, ranking tied for sixth in baseball in wins during that time. The 2018 American League All-Star (Toronto) and 2008 World Series champion (Philadelphia) ranks 12th among actives in career wins (6th among lefties) and opponent batting average, 13th in starts, 14th in ERA and strikeouts-per-9.0 innings pitched (7.95), and 16th in innings pitched.

The Peru, IL native was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the third round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft out of Northwestern University and has a career record of 123-92 with a 3.98 ERA (1741.1 IP, 770 ER), 620 walks, 1539 strikeouts, a .248 opponent batting average and a 1.30 WHIP in 324 games (298 starts) over 14 seasons with the Phillies, Houston Astros, Toronto Blue Jays, Seattle Mariners, Pittsburgh Pirates and Yankees. Happ has made 15 career postseason appearances, while posting a 3.21 ERA (14.0 IP, 5 ER) over nine League Championship Series and World Series outings.

The Twins now have 37 players on their major league roster: 20 pitchers, four catchers, six infielders and seven outfielders.