J.A. Happ declined to take any shots at the Yankees on his way out the door.
The left-hander signed a one-year, $8 million deal with the Twins and during his introductory conference call with Minnesota on Friday, Happ chose to talk about what’s ahead and not revisit his difficult last season with the Yankees, which featured several occasions in which Happ implied he believed the team was limiting his usage to avoid his $17 million 2021 option from vesting.
Asked about his final season in The Bronx, Happ said, “Performance-wise, I felt really good about 2020. I thought I turned the page on the previous year and was sort of back to where I was throwing the ball the previous five or six years. I felt really good about that [and] about being able to overcome some things during the season. I had great teammates there, and I wish them well, but I’m more just focused on moving forward and excited about this opportunity with the Twins.”
Happ added, “free agency was interesting this offseason so far.”
The 38-year-old joins a Twins team with postseason aspirations and Minnesota’s President of Baseball Operations Derek Falvey said “we’re…