No return has been announced for Happ quite yet, but if the Blue Jays are dealing within their own division, then the Yankees will nearly certainly be giving up a quality prospect or two to make the deal happen.
Happ also has 10 postseason appearances, including three starts. Within the past several days, general manager Brian Cashman has dealt for Baltimore Orioles closer Zach Britton and Toronto Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ. The Yankees were chasing starting pitching and Happ was one of the more cost-effective options on the trade market. In recent days, Cashman employed an old trade-deadline approach in order to ensure he didn't let the lefty get away.
Happ, who turns 36 in October, is 10-6 with a 4.18 ERA in 20 starts.He joins a rotation that includes Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia and Sonny Gray. "So we feel that we're getting a pitcher we've seen the last few years".
As of Thursday night, their 162 team home runs leads the Major League Baseball by a wide margin, as the Boston Red Sox rank second with 143. Brandon Drury, whom the Yankees acquired in the offseason, not only was not playing well, but didn't get much playing time due to the emergence of rookie Miguel Andujar.
It's fair to point out that Happ isn't the ace the Yankees really covet, but it doesn't appear that pitcher is out there for a reasonable price this week. His ERA has fluctuated month to month, and he has had a bad July, posting an 0-3 record with a 7.41 ERA through four starts. Despite his struggles, Drury is a.267 career hitter who can play multiple positions in the infield. In order to avoid having to play in the game, they would need to finish with a better record than the Boston Red Sox.
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Even with the additions of Happ and Britton, the Yankees fall behind their American League rivals in key areas. This is his fourth big league stint of the year.
The Yankees began the day 5 games behind AL East-leading Boston.
McKinney, a first rounder of the A's in 2013, was included as a throw-in in larger trades that sent him first to the Cubs and then to the Yankees in the Aroldis Chapman deal in 2016. Despite that dip, Cashman said he saw "more upside".
The Yankees were one of three teams who had scouts in attendance at Rogers Centre for what was likely Happ's last start as a Blue Jay. He has spent most of the season with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, batting.230 (48-for-209) with 26 R, eight doubles, five triples, 13 HR and 32 RBI in 54 games.
He has played two games for the Yankees this season, filling in March 30-31 because of injuries to other outfielders.