J.A. Happ is not a young man anymore. In fact, he turns 38 years old in a few days. He will be headed into his age 38 season, however, with something left in the tank as he showed during his 37-year-old season. He was a great pitcher for the New York Yankees in 2020 so there is no reason for him not to come back next year. He went 2-2 with a 3.47 ERA and 1.054 WHIP. His 1.2 WAR for the short season wasn’t bad at all either.
If you’re the White Sox, you probably want to use Happ as a fourth or fifth starter. You know that Lucas Giolito is the ace and Dallas Keuchel is right behind him. You probably want another good pitcher right there at three and then the 38-year-old Happ would be awesome at the fourth spot. He would bring so much experience (including a World Series championship) and knowledge to this young White Sox team which would be so great to see.
The Yankees probably regret the way they used him in the playoffs but that is over and done with. The White Sox fired Rick Renteria so the hope is that they are done with that sort of nonsense themselves. Handling pitching in the playoffs is so important and having a veteran like Happ would help that cause. If both the White Sox and Happ were interested, it feels like a match made in heaven.
There is a chance that Rick Hahn doesn’t like any of these ideas and goes in a different direction. It is always important to take a peek over at the Yankees organization to see what is up because they are the most successful franchise in the history of the MLB. They haven’t had a season under .500 in a very long time and that is what the White Sox are trying to build. Hopefully, they are able to do whatever it takes to improve their chances to win baseball games.