Yankees acquire J.A. Happ from the Blue Jays

Yankees acquire J.A. Happ from the Blue Jays

Yankees acquire J.A. Happ from the Blue Jays

In exchange, the Blue Jays receive Yankees infielder Brandon Drury and prospect Billy McKinney.

Atkins did not budge, and a day later it was Cashman who blinked, trading for Happ despite a price tag that rival executives considered to be a clear overpay for a rental. They were just 14-14 in their previous 28 games. The 35-year-old, whose best year with the Jays the first time around came with a 4.22 ERA and an 11-11 record, was considered a changed pitcher in his second go in Toronto, which included a 20-win year and a 3.18 ERA in 2016.

The Yankees' rotation behind ace Luis Severino was full of question marks, from Masahiro Tanaka's extensive injury history to CC Sabathia's limited length to Sonny Gray's sheer lack of dependability. 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. He will make his presence felt in the postseason, but there is only so much he can do in the regular season. Cashman said he used some of Happ's recent performances in his negotiating tactics. May put a dent in those numbers, though, as Happ put up a 4.25 ERA. He made his first career All-Star Game this season, earning the save in the American League's 10-inning, 8-6, win.

"He's a little bit older, but I'll tell you what: He's a quality pitcher", Bell said. "And from the talent standpoint, as a pitcher, we feel like we picked like a good one", he said.


Another reason why Happ is the ideal choice for the Yankees is his postseason experience. The lefty added $4,387,097 to the Yankees payroll. The Yankees may have given up a lot for Britton, but at least he has been one of the best relievers in baseball for the past five years. "I understand what Chapman has done in this game". To date, Drury owns a.267 career average, with 32 home runs in 1,013 at-bats across parts of four seasons. He has 130 strikeouts in 114.0 innings with a 1.175 WHIP.

Britton was dominant in 2016, with a 0.54 ERA and 47 saves in 47 chances.

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. 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. He hit.176 with one home run and seven RBIs in 18 games for the Yankees. He talked of his frustrations with the Yankees this season and the fact that he has not had his breakthrough in the major leagues as of yet.

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