Yankees acquire JA Happ for Brandon Drury, Billy McKinney

Blue Jays J.A. Happ pitches to the Rays during a game

The New York Yankees have landed the rotation help they've been trying to acquire since the offseason. The 35-year-old is in the final season of a three-year, $36 million deal he signed prior to the 2016 season.

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 and Blue Jays have announced a trade sending veteran southpaw J.A. Happ to NY. And on Thursday, they scored arguably the best starter available, veteran lefty J.A. Happ. 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.

Drury will now join the Blue Jays in Chicago, where manager John Gibbons could use him at second, third or in the outfield.

Here's a closer look at the newest additions to the Blue Jays' organization...




"We'll have opportunities for guys to play, there's no doubt about that", Atkins said.

The Blue Jays' J.A. Happ pitches to the Rays during a game on June 13, 2018. The Yankees were just 14-14 in their previous 28 games.

Severe migraines and blurry vision sent Drury to the disabled list for most of April, but he returned to action on May 10 and has played consistently since then. He has a $621,900 salary and has 2 years, 99 days of major league service, making it possible he could be eligible for salary arbitration for the first time next winter. Happ was selected to his first All-Star Game this year and is having one of his best seasons. Two years later, the Cubs flipped McKinney, Gleyber Torres, Rashad Crawford and Adam Warren to the Yankees for Aroldis Chapman. While some might be disappointed with the return the Jays got for Happ, it still remains to be seen just how the Jays will utilize Drury and Billy McKinney, and until we know for sure, we'll just have to wait and see. But he only played 18 games for NY this season as the Yankees moved ahead by graduating Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar to the big club.

Baseball America ranked McKinney 23rd among Yankees prospects entering the season, and he now ranks 20th in New York's deep system, according to MLB Pipeline.

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