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Yankees trade for left-hander JA Happ from Blue Jays

Yankees trade for left-hander JA Happ from Blue Jays

The trade could not have come at a better time, as the Yankees will face off against the division-leading Boston Red Sox 10 times over the season's final 61 games. With his free agency scheduled for 2022, Drury could become a mainstay in the Blue Jays's lineup for many years. Happ is the ideal choice to fix the Yankees pitching needs. The Yankees did give up too much, especially in the Happ trade. 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. Drury is 25 years old and still has three more years under team control. Acquiring Happ was an immediate response to the Boston Red Sox trading for Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Nathan Eovaldi on Wednesday.

Drury, who was acquired for Taylor Wiedner and Nick Solak from Arizona this winter, was plagued by an early season vision issue, and the emergence of rookie Miguel Andujar, ultimately spending most of the season in AAA Scranton.

At this point, the Blue Jays should probably just take whatever they can get for Granderson, which won't be very much in return; perhaps some salary relief or a fringe prospect at best. Soria, 34, was 0-3 with a 2.56 ERA and 16 saves in 40 relief appearances this season.

The Yankees now have the pitching help they need with the addition of Happ. Drury, who has played every infield position this season except shortstop, is batting.176 in 18 games in the majors.

Drury has played in just 10 games for NY since and has spent most of the season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he is hitting.294 with five homers and 30 RBIs in 55 games. Both Drury and McKinney have potential, which means that the Yankees could have held onto them for the rest of the season and could have included them in a trade in December or January. He has played well in the minor leagues since being acquired in the Aroldis Chapman trade in 2016. "I want to be a Yankee one of these days at the big league level, '" Bell said. 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 appears ready to hold his own as a fourth outfielder in the big leagues, and with time may see some significant playing time as Toronto heads toward a rebuild.

McKinney has played two games for the Yankees, filling in on 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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