After trading Jose Berrios to Toronto earlier Friday, the Minnesota Twins weren’t done dealing starting pitchers.
J.A. Happ, along with cash, was sent to St. Louis in return for pitchers John Gant and Evan Sisk.
An offseason free-agent signing, the veteran Happ never clicked in 2021. In 19 starts he posted a 6.77 ERA, 1.586 WHIP and 7.0 K/9. A change of scenery might help, but in eight starts outside of Target Field this season Happ has a 8.41 ERA and 1.770 WHIP.
The longball has been big detriment to Happ. He’s allowed 21 home runs (1.9 per 9 innings)
Gant has spent five of his six major-league seasons with the Cardinals. The right-hander, who turns 29 on Aug. 6, has posted a 3.42 ERA, 1.572 WHIP and 6.6 K/9 in 25 games, which includes 14 starts, over 76 1.3 innings this season.
In his career, Gant has pitched in 159 games with 42 starts, owning a 3.72 ERA, 1.389 WHIP and 7.7 K/9. He is signed through 2021 and is arbitration eligible in 2022.
The left-handed Sisk has pitched in 26 games, all in relief, in Single-A and Double-A this season. He has a combined 6.34 ERA, 1.592 WHIP and 12.7 K/9 in 32 2/3 innings. He was promoted to Double-A Springfield on June 9.