Published: Tue, July 31, 2018
Sports | By Brandy Patterson

Yankees pick up lefty starter Happ from Jays

Yankees pick up lefty starter Happ from Jays

Those contending Blue Jays teams had big-name stars like Happ, Russell Martin, Josh Donaldson, Troy Tulowitzki, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion. He also hit.292 with six home runs and 32 RBIs in 61 appearances this season in Triple-A.

In all, it was a necessary move for NY to make and Happ was one of the best options on the trade block, even though he's a rental since he'll be a free agent after the season ends. Happ slots immediately into a starting rotation in desperate need of one more quality piece. The Yankees did give up too much, especially in the Happ trade.

Happ, who turns 36 in October, is 10-6 with a 4.18 ERA in 20 starts and was a first-time all-star, picking up the save for the American League at this year's midsummer classic in Washington, D.C. He joins a rotation that includes Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia and Sonny Gray. He now owns a 4.18 ERA (3.84 FIP) with strikeout (27.4%) and ground ball (44.6%) rates that will play in Yankee Stadium.

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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.

It's fair to point out that Happ isn't the ace the Yankees really covet, but it doesn't appear that pitcher is out there for a reasonable price this week. 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.

Atkins called Happ a steady professional who helped the development of younger pitchers on staff, including up-and-coming lefty Ryan Borucki. Some Yankees fans may not be happy to see him go because of the power, but he really is expendable for a team in the Yankees' position.

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The Yankees began the day 5 games behind AL East-leading Boston. "I want to be a Yankee one of these days at the big league level, '" Bell said.

With Britton, the Yankees built on a strength and have a legitimate case for the deepest and best bullpen in baseball featuring Adam Warren, Chad Green, A.J. Cole, Chasen Shreve, Jonathan Holder, Dellin Betances, David Robertson, Aroldis Chapman and now Britton.

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. The Yankees are Happ's sixth big league team, as reported by ESPN. Despite that dip, Cashman said he saw "more upside".

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He has played two games for the Yankees this season, filling in March 30-31 because of injuries to other outfielders.

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