By Sam Bush
The Phillies are zeroing in on their former starter J. A. Happ:
MLB.com’s Mark Feisnand reports the Yankees appear to have an inside track on J.A. Happ.
The Phillies and Yankees are considered the front-runners for Happ, though neither team is believed to have moved to three years as of Tuesday evening. Happ started his career in Philadelphia and pitched the final two-plus months with the Yankees last season, so he’s quite familiar with both organizations and cities.
The New York Post’s George King reports the Phillies are closing in on a deal for Happ:
“They are bringing it,’’ a talent evaluator from the AL East said of the Phillies’ interest in the 36-year-old lefty free agent whom the Yankees have been talking about bringing back to The Bronx.
A person with knowledge of the situation used the phrase “getting closer’’ to describe the discussions between Happ and the Phillies.