Thursday, July 26, 2018

Yankees Acquire Happ from Blue Jays

The Yankees have acquired coveted left-hander J.A. Happ from the Blue Jays for two players.
Toronto receives infielder Brandon Drury and outfielder Billy McKinney, the Yankees' No. 20 prospect as ranked by MLB Pipeline.
Happ is 10-6 with a 4.18 ERA in 20 starts for the Blue Jays. Of note, he's been particularly good against the Red Sox in his career; he has a 0.84 ERA in two starts against them this season and has gone 7-4 with a 2.98 ERA in 19 games (18 starts) vs. Boston. He was an All-Star for the first time this season, pitching the 10th inning to earn the save in the American League's 8-6 win.
The 35-year-old Happ will add a key left-hander to New York's rotation that includes Luis SeverinoCC SabathiaMasahiro Tanaka and Sonny Gray. Though Happ isn't the shutdown ace in a scarce starting pitching market, his veteran presence and postseason experience could reap benefits for the Yanks.
Drury's had a short tenure with New York, going from the big leagues to the disabled list with migraines and blurry vision, then to the Minor Leagues after the arrival of standout rookie second baseman Gleyber Torres.
Drury played in just 10 games, seven of them starts, after being recalled on June 30. He can play second base, third base and outfield.
McKinney, 23, signed for $1.8 million by the Athletics as the 24th overall pick in the 2013 Draft. He was included in two blockbuster trades in three years -- the Cubs acquired him from the A's with Addison Russell in July 2014, then sent him and Torres to the Yankees in the 2016 trade for Aroldis Chapman. He made his big league debut in April, playing in two games.
Deesha Thosar is a reporter for based in New York. Follow her on Twitter at @DeeshaThosar.

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