Padres’ General Manager Jed Hoyer on the incessant Adrian Gonzalez speculation:
“There’s certainly been a lot of interest. A number of teams have
inquired about him. I think we’re obviously willing to listen on
anything, but he’s a great player, he fits our team, he fits our
payroll structure very well. So he’s certainly not a player
we’re looking to move. I think that’s been the way we’ve addressed it
all winter. Teams have inquired, but we’ve certainly said the same
thing over and over: He’s not a player we’re looking to move.”
Not that this will stop Red Sox fans from assuming that Hoyer is duty bound to trade his best player to Boston.
UPDATE: Rosenthal is now walking the report back a bit, saying that indications that the Yankees and Happ are close to a deal but that it is not yet done.
10:29 AM: Ken Rosenthal reports that the Yankees and J.A. Happ have come to terms on a three-year deal. The agreement is pending a physical. The financial terms are not yet known.
Happ just turned 36, but he has been effective enough to warrant a three-year commitment. The Yankees know this as well as anyone, having acquired him last year and watched him post a 7-0 record and a 2.69 ERA in 11 starts in New York. For the entire season he was 17-6 with a 3.65 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 193/51 in 177.2 innings between the Yankees and the Blue Jays.
With Happ back in the fold, the Yankees rotation now consists of Luis Severino, James Paxton, Happ, Masahiro Tanaka and CC Sabathia, not necessarily in that order. A good group, assuming it stays healthy.