Did they get enough in return for J.A. Happ?

Mae Harvey
July 31, 2018

Those contending Blue Jays teams had big-name stars like Happ, Russell Martin, Josh Donaldson, Troy Tulowitzki, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion.

Happ has a US$13 million salary in the final season of a $36 million, three-year contract, and the Yankees are responsible for the remaining $4,543,011. Happ is the flawless choice to fix the Yankees pitching needs. In recent days, Cashman employed an old trade-deadline approach in order to ensure he didn't let the lefty get away. Happ is 10-6 with a 4.18 ERA in 114 innings pitched for the Blue Jays this season. But they did need help at the front end, as their starters' collective ERA of 4.02 ranked just 12th.

NY began the day 5 1/2 games behind Boston, the AL East leader. He dealt with a freak injury earlier in the season and lost his third base job to rookie Miguel Andujar, who has been fantastic.

The Yankees have been trying to add a starter since the offseason and they finally landed one. 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.

Britton reported to the Yankees two days after he was acquired from Baltimore for three pitching prospects. He had the potential to be an average regular, but the Yankees don't really have a position for him. Although he hit.176 with just one home run and seven RBIs in 18 games this season for the Yankees, he recorded 13 homers and drove in 63 runs while hitting.267 in 135 games for the Arizona Diamondbacks previous year. "I had bad breaks along the way", Drury said in the Yankees' clubhouse before Thursday night's game against the Royals.

Granderson is a part-time player on the Blue Jays as-is, which means he'd see even more limited playing time on a contending team. The Yankees had Drury on their big league roster as a utility guy at various points the last few weeks, but he didn't play much. The Yankees have someone that will take the ball every fifth day and generally keep them in the game until the fifth or sixth inning, for a low cost in prospects and against the cap 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.

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. The Dallas, Texas, native was acquired by the Yankees along with RHP Adam Warren, INF Gleyber Torres and OF Rashad Crawford from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for LHP Aroldis Chapman on July 25, 2016. The 23-year-old McKinney, a first-round pick by the Yankees in 2013, was batting just.230 in 54 games at Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre, with 13 home runs and 32 RBIs.

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