As was reported Dec. 12, the Yankees announced today that they signed veteran lefty J.A. Happ to a two-year, $34 million contract that includes a club option for 2021. That club option, worth $17 million, will vest and become guaranteed should Happ make 27 starts or throw 165 innings in 2020.
Of course, making that signing official required the Yankees to open up a 40-man roster spot to accommodate Happ. The team designated for assignment righty Parker Bridwell, who had been claimed off waivers earlier this offseason.
Bridwell made just five appearances in the major leagues, allowing 13 earned runs in just 6⅔ innings of work (17.55 ERA). Happ, on the other hand, made 11 starts for the Yankees to a 2.69 ERA and the team won nine of those 11 starts.