Yankees trade for Blue Jays’ All-Star J.A. Happ

Blue Jays J.A. Happ pitches to the Rays during a game

Blue Jays J.A. Happ pitches to the Rays during a game

This year he has pitched to a 4.18 ERA, which has been inflated by 19 runs (14 earned) in 17 innings in July.

Since returning from the DL, Stroman looks like the Stro Show of old again, owning a 3.03 ERA in six starts.

Nonetheless, the Yankees are banking on Happ's recent track record as an above-average starter. While, after 12 years in the bigs, you sort of know what to expect from Happ, he has increased his strikeout rate dramatically this year, punching out 10.3 batters per nine after averaging only 7.9 for his career. Star is a flexible term, as Happ feels like a Sydney Ponson-type; a guy who is having a good season and is a hot commodity at the deadline for the right contender. He has a 3.71 lifetime ERA in August and is better still in September/October, with a 3.12 ERA in 46 starts (49 appearances). The Yankees were chasing starting pitching and Happ was one of the more cost-effective options on the trade market. The Grants Pass, Oregon, native was acquired by the Yankees from the Arizona Diamondbacks as part of a three-team trade (also Tampa Bay) on February 20, 2018. In 11 starts down the stretch for the Pirates, he posted a 1.85 ERA.

The Yankees' future remains intact after this deal, too.

Reliever Zach Britton reported to the Yankees on Thursday, two days after he was acquired for prospects.

Toronto general manager Ross Atkins says competitive baseball teams are increasingly less willing to part with top prospects when they tool up for a playoff run. They should still try to find a way to upgrade their staff, even if it gets bloated. He is a seasoned veteran, and gives the Yankees stability in their rotation. Brandon Drury was going to be the starting third baseman for NY until Miguel Andujar came out of nowhere to take the job. Coupled with migraines that sidelined him for more than a month, Drury became the odd man out in the Yankee infield.

The Blue Jays continued their rebuilding process Thursday, sending Happ to the Yankees for infielder Brandon Drury and minor league outfielder Bill McKinney. The 23-year-old was a first-round pick of the Oakland A's in 2013. Of course, that comes with the caveat of Toronto lowering the price but this deal will be about what they ended up with and not grand illusions of what they maybe could have gotten.

For now, the Blue Jays have made it clear that they're attempting to turn things around and still have a lot of work to do but there seems to be a plan.

McKinney appeared in two games at Rogers Centre this season but crashed hard into the left-centre field wall on March 31, injuring his left shoulder.

Now they add Drury who could gives the team a player of the same mould but is expected to be an upgrade otherwise they wouldn't have traded for him.

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