J.A. Happ's first full season in pinstripes didn't necessarily go as planned.
The left-hander struggled to find consistency, pitching to a 4.91 ERA and a 1.295 WHIP. The 37-year-old even lost his spot in the Yankees' starting rotation as the calendar rolled into October.
Happ's 2019 was a stark contrast to his 2018 stint with the Yankees, when he pitched to a 7-0 record with a 2.69 ERA.
Moving forward into 2020, the Yankees' rotation seems to be set with Gerrit Cole, James Paxton, Luis Severino, and Masahiro Tanaka, and despite Happ's late-season struggles, Yankees fans can expect to see the southpaw as the fifth starter entering the season.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said as much to YES Network's Meredith Marakovitz, explaining that the Yankees hope to get the best out of Happ in 2020.
"They believe that there's a lot more in the tank, that he's going to be more the pitcher you saw towards the end of the season, as opposed to the one that struggled at points in time during the rest of the season," said Marakovitz.
Happ signed a two-year, $34 million deal with the Yankees prior to last season, a deal that comes with an option that vests automatically if Happ pitches 165 innings of starts 27 games in 2019.