Yankees acquire All-Star pitcher J.A. Happ


The Blue Jays' J.A. Happ pitches to the Rays during a game on June 13, 2018.

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.

A seven-year veteran and pending free agent, Maldonado is better known for his defense, having won the Gold Glove at catcher for the American League last season. Cashman and the Yankees were on the hunt for veteran starting pitching help in the offseason, but they didn't get it. Despite appearing to miss out on a target, it is hard to believe that Cashman, the genius behind a legendary 2016 trade deadline, is done wheeling and dealing. In 20 starts this season, Happ owns a 10-6 record with a 4.18 ERA, earning him his first All-Star nod. 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.

The Yankees entered Thursday on pace for 104 wins but trailing the Red Sox by 5 1/2 games.

The New York Yankees are a better team now than they were a week ago. His ERA has fluctuated month to month, and he has had a bad July, posting an 0-3 record with a 7.41 ERA through four starts. A team can ask for whatever they want especially when they're in clear selling mode but in the end, the market dictates what teams need and are willing to give up. He had the potential to be an average regular, but the Yankees don't really have a position for him. He is 7-4 with a 2.98 ERA in his career against the Red Sox. 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.

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Drury played in just 10 games for NY since and spent most of the season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. This is his fourth big league stint of the year.

The Yankees were one of three teams who had scouts in attendance at Rogers Centre for what was likely Happ's last start as a Blue Jay.

Granderson is a part-time player on the Blue Jays as-is, which means he'd see even more limited playing time on a contending team.

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

The 23-year-old was selected by Oakland with the 24th overall pick in the 2013 amateur draft, was traded to the Chicago Cubs with Addison Russell and Dan Straily for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammell in July 2014, then dealt to the Yankees along with Gleyber Torres and Adam Warren for Aroldis Chapman in July 2016.