New Yankee J.A. Happ bids Toronto adieu

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Those contending Blue Jays teams had big-name stars like Happ, Russell Martin, Josh Donaldson, Troy Tulowitzki, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion. Within the past several days, general manager Brian Cashman has dealt for Baltimore Orioles closer Zach Britton and Toronto Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ. That fact could become very crucial since the Yankees have not received reliable starting pitching from anyone not named Luis Severino (14-3, 2.63 ERA) all season long.

"We definitely satisfied some needs here", NY general manager Brian Cashman said. 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. 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. Acquiring Happ was an immediate response to the Boston Red Sox trading for Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Nathan Eovaldi on Wednesday. Drury has had extremely limited playing time, first due to migraines and double vision, and then by losing his starting job to his replacement, rookie Miguel Andujar. The 35-year-old veteran probably is not even a number two starter, but for a team lacking starting pitching depth, they will undoubtedly be better off having his arm as an option come October. 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. Brandon Drury was hitting.176 at the time the deal was struck, and although he managed to play each infield position this season, not much more can be said for him.

J.A. Happ will be trying some iconic Yankees pinstripes on for size.

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

"(The Jays) just said, 'be ready to play. "When I re-signed one of my goals was to win over the Blue Jays fans". There, the 23 year old batted just.230, but displayed some power, hitting 13 homers while driving in 32 runs in 54 games.

He has played two games for the Yankees this season, filling in March 30-31 because of injuries to other outfielders.

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