After Major League Baseball Club representatives met in Las Vegas on Tuesday. Pitcher J.A. Happ met the Yankees for a deal while former NL MVP Andrew McCutchen joined the Phillies immediately on a three-year deal.
The Yankees are aggressively pursuing Happ and are a physical and a deal away from signing the 35-year-old.
#Yankees in agreement with free-agent left-hander J.A. Happ, pending a physical, sources tell The Athletic. Believed to be three-year deal.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 12, 2018
While McCutchen joined a new team and Happ is closing on a deal, some big names like Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are available for signing. Some teams like the Indians have already expressed interests in trading Corey Kluber or Trevor Bauer for better offers.
Happs has been on the news in the last two weeks, with the Mets, Phillies and the Yankees all lined up as potential suitors. As recently as Monday, there were reports the Mets had plans to work together with the Marline and the Yankees for a deal with the player. But things look to have changed.
News that the Phillies had locked McCutchen to a three-year $50 million deal came as a surprise to some, noting that his MVP days looks to be long gone. However, he is still a good hitter based on current stats and will add depth to the team.