Yankees acquire JA Happ from Blue Jays to bolster rotation

In the Blue Jays' 2016 ALCS run, he went 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA (10.0 IP, 3 ER) in two starts.

Happ has a $13 million salary in the final season of a $36 million, three-year contract, and the Yankees would be responsible for the remaining $4,543,011. 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.

As recently as early June, Happ had been one of the biggest/biggest names in a weak market for starting pitchers. The Yankees did give up too much, especially in the Happ trade.

Happ, 35, has posted a 10-6 record with a 4.18 ERA over 114 innings for Toronto so far this season.


The two-time All-Star reliever, acquired by the Yankees from Baltimore late Tuesday night for Dillon Tate and two other minor leaguers, retired all three Thunder batters he faced on three pitches. Some of Happ's best success has come against the Red Sox, the Yankees' chief rival in the American League East. Drury has had extremely limited playing time, first due to migraines and double vision, and then by losing his starting job to his replacement, rookie Miguel Andujar. And on Thursday, they scored arguably the best starter available, veteran lefty J.A. Happ. However, he has been struggling lately as he is 0-3 with a 7.41 ERA in four starts this month. He was one of the most entertaining Blue Jays players to watch in the first half of 2018, slashing.265/.328/.497 with 11 home runs in his first 50 games. Once initial reports surfaced, it wasn't long before both deals were finalized, sending both veterans to contending teams. 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. "It felt like a stare-down contest", Cashman said.

Jay Bell doesn't need to recall Zach Britton's big-league resume to know how good of an acquisition he was for the Yankees.

McKinney, acquired in the 2016 Aroldis Chapman deal, was stuck in Scranton behind a talented outfield. "I'm excited to get over there and get in the lineup and finish the season up strong with the Blue Jays", Drury said. "That's what it's all about is trying to figure out a way to get the big league club a trophy and a bunch of rings".

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.

  • Steve Townsend