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Yankees sign Happ from Blue Jays

31 July 2018

The Blue Jays' J.A. Happ pitches to the Rays during a game on June 13, 2018. Where Happ will likely pay his dividends is taking the ball for three starts against Boston this regular season, and potentially in the postseason where Happ can swing to the bullpen to work long if needed should NY go to a three-man rotation.

A free agent at the end of this season, Happ was the Blue Jays' lone all-star this year before being shipped to a contender by rebuilding Toronto.

Happ has a 10-6 record with a 4.18 ERA through 20 starts.

NEW YORK-To the New York Yankees, lefty J.A. Happ put check marks in a lot of boxes-familiar with the AL East, comfortable in the postseason and perhaps most importantly, successful against the Boston Red Sox.

Drury, who was acquired for Taylor Wiedner and Nick Solak from Arizona this winter, was plagued by an early season vision issue, and the emergence of rookie Miguel Andujar, ultimately spending most of the season in AAA Scranton. 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. Rookie starters Domingo German (2-6, 5.68 ERA) and Jonathan Loaisiga (2-0, 3.00 ERA) both showed glimpses of promise, but can not be trusted.

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Even with the additions of Happ and Britton, the Yankees fall behind their American League rivals in key areas. Despite his struggles, Drury is a.267 career hitter who can play multiple positions in the infield.

In Drury and McKinney, the Yankees traded two players with no obvious long-term fit. "I had bad breaks along the way", Drury said in the Yankees' clubhouse before Thursday night's game against the Royals.

He is now number 18 on the Blue Jays prospect list, and joins one of the better farm systems in baseball. "It felt like a stare-down contest", Cashman said.

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 Hammell in July 2014, then dealt to the Yankees along with Gleyber Torres and Adam Warren for Aroldis Chapman in July 2016. "The reason we got him is we really feel like this is a big league third baseman".

McKinney appeared in Single-A, Double-A, Triple-A and played two games in the Majors this season for NY, but spent most of his time in Triple-A Scranton/Walkes-Barre. 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.

Yankees sign Happ from Blue Jays