Happ is getting a ton of buzz in free agency. If the Texas Rangers want to dive in, they’ll be competing against the Yankees and Phillies for the lefty. And the list doesn’t stop there. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports weighed in on the Happ sweepstakes…
Happ is 36 years old and will be entering his 13th major league season. He’s had a run of success over the last four years, pitching to a 3.61 ERA in 2015, 3.18 ERA in ’16 (he also went 20-4 that year), 3.53 in ’17 and 3.65 in ’18. He has all the momentum this free agency period after going 7-0 to finish the season with the Yankees.
Frankly, I don’t see the Rangers’ interest in Happ going much further than Jeff Wilson’s tweet. There are simply too many contending teams looking to sign him.
If Texas really wants him, they’ll have to fulfill the niche. If contenders don’t want to offer him more than two years then maybe the Rangers have a fighting chance if they offer him three years. It states very clearly in Passan’s tweet–“he’ll sign with the first one that does” guarantee him a third year.
Still, I’m hesitant about the Texas Rangers signing a 36-year-old to a three-year deal as they embark on a new chapter.