New York Yankees trade for Toronto Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ

Tuesday, 31 Jul, 2018

The Yankees would send infielder Brandon Drury and minor league outfielder Bill McKinney to the Blue Jays, the person said Thursday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the trade was subject to the teams approving medical records.

"We definitely satisfied some needs here", NY general manager Brian Cashman said. The Yankees have ten more games against the Red Sox and Happ will help the Yankees take the lead in the AL East over the Red Sox. Through 20 starts, he's 10-6 with a 4.18 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 130 strikeouts over 114 innings.

This is seen as insurance for a Yankee rotation that is shaky behind ace Luis Severino. The Yankees needed another starter and they got a pretty good facsimile of Montgomery in Happ. Cashman said he used some of Happ's recent performances in his negotiating tactics.

In 19 games against the Red Sox, Happ is 7-4 with a 2.98 ERA. A 12-year veteran, Happ has a career record of 102-82 and a 3.95 ERA. "I'm really excited about this", Boone said. "You're getting a guy that's experienced, that obviously likes pitching in big ballgames and has been a part of that".

Happ also has 10 postseason appearances, including three starts. On Tuesday, he pulled off another big deal with a division rival, adding closer Zach Britton for a package of prospects from the Baltimore Orioles. The Yankees may have given up a lot for Britton, but at least he has been one of the best relievers in baseball for the past five years. They've been truly hapless for the past 1 1/2 seasons. Bell said having six starters is beneficial because it keeps pitchers' innings from building up as quickly in a season.

Drury was supposed to be the Yankees everyday third baseman, but he has dealt with various injuries throughout the season and lost his job to rookie Miguel Andujar. Not expected to anything more than an average player, McKinney's best tool is his newfound power, slugging 13 home runs in just 211 AAA at-bats in 2018. He hit.176 with one home run and seven RBIs in 18 games for the Yankees. As a veteran left-handed bat who can hit right-handed pitching, he's a nice piece to have, but teams aren't clamouring to give up one of their Top 30 prospects for him. "I had bad breaks along the way". "And we still feel that way", Boone said. "Hopefully, this is a fresh opportunity".

McKinney was originally acquired by the Yankees from the Chicago Cubs in the Aroldis Chapman trade.

The two teams also exchanged cash considerations in the swap. He now owns a 4.18 ERA (3.84 FIP) with strikeout (27.4%) and ground ball (44.6%) rates that will play in Yankee Stadium.