J.A. Happ spent three months in pinstripes, and he will be a Yankee for at least two more years after re-signing with them in the offseason.
He hopes Manny Machado will be one of his teammates.
Amid Machado meeting and dining with the Yankees on Wednesday, Happ told reporters Thursday morning he was looking forward to the prospect of playing alongside Machado.
''You see the all-around numbers ... the defense, the arm strength," Happ said of Machado, according to the Bergen Record's Pete Caldera. "He's an all-around superstar type of player. Again, you'd welcome any type of player like that on your team. That would be exciting.'
Happ, who signed a two-year, $34 million deal with a vesting option for 2021 with New York, hasn't always had success against Machado.
The four-time All-Star infielder is 8-for-34 in 38 plate appearances against Happ with 10 strikeouts, however five of his hits went for extra bases and three were home runs. Machado has a .316 on-base percentage and .588 slugging percentage against Happ, whom he's faced the eighth-most times among all pitchers in his career.
Though the Yankees are considered the betting favorites to land the 26-year-old Machado, who hit .297/.367/.538 with 37 home runs and 107 RBIs in 162 games with the Orioles and Dodgers last season, they have heavy competition with the White Sox and Phillies.
Only time will tell if Happ will face Machado during a game this season or if they'll be teammates.