Yankees acquire J.A. Happ from Blue Jays for rotation

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31 July, 2018

The Blue Jays have been shopping Happ for a while and while he was among the top available rentals but his value took a bit of a hit with some of his struggles. The Yankees also parted ways with Triple-A reliever Cody Carroll and Triple-A starter Josh Rogers in the deal. He should get more consistent time with the Blue Jays, and he is also controllable for the next three years, so he gives Toronto long-term depth. Happ was on the radar of several teams, including the Boston Red Sox, who have had their own woes with starting pitching this season despite leading the AL East division. The Yankees did give up too much, especially in the Happ trade. While he stumbled of late, he stands 10-6 with a 4.18 ERA in 20 starts for the Blue Jays this season. Despite setting career bests in strikeouts and ERA past year, the right-hander struggled mightily earlier this season.

The Yankees entered Thursday on pace for 104 wins but trailing the Red Sox by 5 1/2 games.

Therefore, Happ could play a major role down the stretch for the Yankees. Before landing on the disabled list in mid-May, Stroman posted a 7.71 ERA in his first seven starts of the season. May put a dent in those numbers, though, as Happ put up a 4.25 ERA.

The deal works for both teams in that Toronto picks up a pair of players they can add to their roster right now if needed, and they shed salary as they prepare for an off-season of free agent shopping. "I had bad breaks along the way", Drury said in the Yankees' clubhouse before Thursday night's game against the Royals.

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The Yankees now have the pitching help they need with the addition of Happ. He will make his presence felt in the postseason, but there is only so much he can do in the regular season. 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 past year. There's still time for him to swing the "big move" many Yankee fans are dreaming about. 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 Yankees were one of three teams who had scouts in attendance at Rogers Centre for what was likely Happ's last start as a Blue Jay.

He has played two games for the Yankees this season, filling in March 30-31 because of injuries to other outfielders. There, the 23 year old batted just.230, but displayed some power, hitting 13 homers while driving in 32 runs in 54 games.


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