Yankees pick up lefty starter Happ from Jays

Yankees pick up lefty starter Happ from Jays

It has been said that the Yankees won't make it to the World Series if they don't get a starting pitcher, well, here you go.

Happ, 35, is 10-6 this season with a 4.18 ERA in 20 starts. The acquisition of J.A. Happ from the Blue Jays certainly does that, but the Yankees had to give up real value to get the veteran southpaw. And that was before J.A. Happ was dealt. Happ is the flawless choice to fix the Yankees pitching needs. The good news for Toronto is that with increased playing time, Drury may see his offensive numbers climb, and they get a highly versatile defensive player. They believe they have now done that.

The additions of Britton and Happ are not going to vault the Yankees past the Red Sox. However, he has been struggling lately as he is 0-3 with a 7.41 ERA in four starts this month. Sure, Boston roughed him up for five unearned runs on July 12th.

Happ has a US$13 million salary in the final season of a $36 million, three-year contract, and the Yankees are responsible for the remaining $4,543,011. "It's probably been some defensive issues behind him".

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Two years after pulling off one of the most impressive trade deadlines ever, does Cashman have another trick up his sleeve? "His stuff and his velocity all appears to be the same". Despite setting career bests in strikeouts and ERA previous year, the right-hander struggled mightily earlier this season. Cashman said he used some of Happ's recent performances in his negotiating tactics.

Even with the additions of Happ and Britton, the Yankees fall behind their American League rivals in key areas. In parts of six seasons north of the border, Happ pitched to a 59-41 record with a 3.88 ERA in 135 games (127 starts). The 12-year veteran began his career with the Philadelphia Phillies. Acquired by the Yankees from the Arizona Diamondbacks in February, he was the Yankees' Opening Day third baseman. In 307 career Major League Baseball games, Drury is batting.267/.316/.439 with 32 home runs and 131 RBIs. "Just had some stuff happen that wasn't planned, that wasn't expected". Much like with Stroman, the Jays are better served to explore trading Osuna in the offseason, when they have more time to regroup and decide upon the 23-year-old's future with the team.

"This is a big leaguer", Boone said. As those players left, got hurt or became ineffective, the Blue Jays have started to rebuild. "When I re-signed one of my goals was to win over the Blue Jays fans". Drury was then placed on the DL and eventually optioned to triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre.

McKinney has played two games for the Yankees, filling in on March 30-31 because of injuries to other outfielders. The Dallas, Texas, native was acquired by the Yankees along with RHP Adam Warren, INF Gleyber Torres and OF Rashad Crawford from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for LHP Aroldis Chapman on July 25, 2016.