Published: Tue, July 31, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Yankees fix their biggest weakness by acquiring J.A. Happ

Yankees fix their biggest weakness by acquiring J.A. Happ

Those contending Blue Jays teams had big-name stars like Happ, Russell Martin, Josh Donaldson, Troy Tulowitzki, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion. Where Happ will likely pay his dividends is taking the ball for three starts against Boston this regular season, and potentially in the postseason where Happ can swing to the bullpen to work long if needed should NY go to a three-man rotation.

During Saskatchewan Afternoon on Thursday, he called them the "Happ-less Toronto Blue Jays". 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. Happ is 10-6 with a 4.18 ERA in 114 innings pitched for the Blue Jays this season. Despite setting career bests in strikeouts and ERA previous year, the right-hander struggled mightily earlier this season.

NY began the day 5 1/2 games behind Boston, the AL East leader.

Drury, who turns 26 next month, was acquired by the Yankees from Arizona in February and began the season as their starting third baseman. The good news for Toronto is that with increased playing time, Drury may see his offensive numbers climb, and they get a highly versatile defensive player. His ERA has fluctuated month to month, and he has had a awful July, posting an 0-3 record with a 7.41 ERA through four starts.

Britton reported to the Yankees two days after he was acquired from Baltimore for three pitching prospects. Drury is clearly a serious young man and a young man who is on a mission to prove to the baseball world that he is destined to become a standout major leaguer - even if there are as many naysayers as supporters as to what he brings to the table as a ball player.

With the July 31 trade deadline still a few days ago, more minor leaguers could potentially be on the move. He will make his presence felt in the postseason, but there is only so much he can do in the regular season. (Blue Jays general manager) Ross Atkins and I have just stayed in touch. The Pirates' first-round pick from 2013 hit.298 with five home runs and 13 RBIs in 48 games with Pittsburgh earlier this season. This is his fourth big league stint of the year. He is hitting.230 with 13 homers and 35 RBIs in 62 games this year for Class A Tampa, Double-A Trenton and Scranton.

McKinney, 23, was 1-for-4 in two games this season for the Yankees. 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.

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