Yankees Land JA Happ, Likely Not Finished on Trade Market

J.A. Happ

Happ, who the club also announced will wear No. 34, is scheduled to make his Yankees debut on Sunday.

Happ also has 10 postseason appearances, including three starts.

In all, it was a necessary move for NY to make and Happ was one of the best options on the trade block, even though he's a rental since he'll be a free agent after the season ends. This is good news for the Yankees, who will likely slot Happ to pitch in those three series.

Being traded at the deadline is nothing new for Happ. Most recently, in 2016 - the same season he went 20-4 with a 3.18 ERA and finished sixth in Cy Young voting - he made a pair of playoff starts for the Blue Jays, winning one and losing one. In 11 starts down the stretch for the Pirates, he posted a 1.85 ERA.

The Yankees have taken note of Happ's success against the rival Red Sox over his career. He dealt with a freak injury earlier in the season and lost his third base job to rookie Miguel Andujar, who has been fantastic.

It's fair to point out that Happ isn't the ace the Yankees really covet, but it doesn't appear that pitcher is out there for a reasonable price this week. The Yankees have assumed all of Happ's remaining salary, in part for being able to offer a lesser package of players than Happ would normally command. Despite his struggles, Drury is a.267 career hitter who can play multiple positions in the infield. Once initial reports surfaced, it wasn't long before both deals were finalized, sending both veterans to contending teams.

McKinney, acquired in the 2016 Aroldis Chapman deal, was stuck in Scranton behind a talented outfield. "I had bad breaks along the way", Drury said in the Yankees' clubhouse before Thursday night's game against the Royals.

In 19 games against the Red Sox, Happ is 7-4 with a 2.98 ERA.

The Yankees began the day 5 games behind AL East-leading Boston.

The three-time batting champion is hitting.329 with nine home runs and 46 RBIs this season. Happ signed a three-year contract with the Blue Jays on November 30, 2015, and will be a free agent at the end of the 2018 season. 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.

McKinney, 23, made his Major League debut with the Yankees in 2018, going 1-for-4 in two games before being placed on the disabled list for almost two months with a left shoulder sprain after colliding into the left field wall at Rogers Centre. He also hit.230 with 13 home runs and 35 RBIs in 62 games in the Minor Leagues.

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