Yankees acquire Happ from Blue Jays

J.A. Happ

He's on a modest one-year deal with the Blue Jays and found himself traded to a contender last season as well. He is a seasoned veteran, and gives the Yankees stability in their rotation. Now they are a big threat to win a World Series title this year.

The first question has an easy answer: yes.

Being traded at the deadline is nothing new for Happ. In the winter, Happ, who turns 36 in October, will sign elsewhere.

The New York Yankees have bolstered their starting pitching, trading for Toronto Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ, the team announced Thursday. Justus Sheffield would have been an interesting alternative, but it's clear the organization doesn't feel he's quite ready.

The team still has a handful of players on expiring contracts, making them prime trade candidates. McKinney got his first big-league hit in March, but he suffered a shoulder injury a few days later.

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

Both teams did well in this trade. The lefty added $4,387,097 to the Yankees payroll.

As recently as early June, Happ had been one of the biggest/biggest names in a weak market for starting pitchers. Tate is 5-2 with a 3.38 ERA in Double-A this season. 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. He will be a free agent at the end of this year. "I had bad breaks along the way", Drury said in the Yankees' clubhouse before Thursday night's game against the Royals. On the other hand, the better and more talented team has a better chance of advancing than does the less talented team.

If the Yankees have any chance at all to catch the Red Sox for the AL East crown then improving their starting rotation was a must. Happ will be an upgrade over German, Cessa, and Loaisiga, but he will not be enough of an upgrade for the Yankees to be able to catch Boston. He is one of five pitchers to earn at least 10 wins in each of the last five seasons (2014-18), along with Zack Greinke, Jon Lester, Chris Sale and Max Scherzer. "It felt like a stare-down contest", Cashman said. He felt they might help drive down the price for the pitcher. The lineup still does not have a.300 hitter.

On the field, the Yankees just lost slugger Aaron Judge for at least three weeks with a broken wrist when he was hit on a pitch thrown by Rock Falls native Jake Junis of the Royals. The Yankees were just 14-14 in their previous 28 games.

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