Yankees acquire J.A. Happ from the Blue Jays

Posted July 28, 2018

The Toronto Blue Jays are finalizing a deal to send all All-Star pitcher J.A. Happ to the Yankees, according to Fancred Sport's Jon Heyman.

Boone told NorthJersey.com that the Yankees think that Happ will give them quality starts and solidfy their rotation and get them to where they want to be. NY turned their infield depth into a starting rotation upgrade while Toronto used its most coveted trade chip to solidify the infield for years to come. "We felt when we returned him back to third, we could get him back in the comfort level he was and he could unlock some of the potential in the swing because there were some things we saw that we felt allowed for more in the tank in terms of production".

"He fits the narrative of a player that is young, controllable, talented", Cashman said of Drury. He has had a couple of outlier starts that have elevated his ERA, including an outing in early July against the Yankees in which he gave up six runs.

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NY began the day 5 1/2 games behind Boston, the AL East leader.

"I'm ready for whatever situation", Britton said. However, he is coming off a solid start against Baltimore, in which he went five innings, striking out nine, and giving up only one earned run.

Happ has a $13 million salary in the final season of a $36 million, three-year contract, and the Yankees would be responsible for the remaining $4,543,011. Drury complained of migraine-like symptoms after eight games this season and claimed it has been an issue for years.

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"I'm starting to feel like myself", he said. Third baseman Brandon Drury and outfield prospect Billy McKinney lead to Toronto. Drury was placed on the disabled list and rookie Miguel Andujar stepped in at the hot corner and never relinquished the job. In 307 career Major League Baseball games, Drury is batting.267/.316/.439 with 32 home runs and 131 RBIs. "We'll have opportunities for guys to play, there's no doubt about that". He was set to be in the starting lineup Friday night when Toronto, with a 46-55 record, visits the Chicago White Sox.

The 23-year-old McKinney was selected by Oakland with the 24th overall pick in the 2013 amateur draft, was traded to the Chicago Cubs with Addison Russell and Dan Straily for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel in July 2014, then dealt to the Yankees along with Gleyber Torres and Adam Warren for Chapman in July 2016.

The value of acquiring Drury is the Blue Jays receive a proven player who has experience at every position except centerfield and catcher and his under team control as an arbitration-eligible player through 2021.

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