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MLB Rumors: Yankees, Blue Jays Have J.A. Happ Trade Agreement

27 July 2018

Earlier Thursday, Toronto traded right-hander Seunghwan Oh to Colorado for minor league infielder Chad Spanberger, outfielder Forrest Wall and a player to be named or cash.

Rotation is help on the way to the Yankees. Happ was selected to his first All-Star Game this year and is having one of his best seasons. Sherman tweeted again Thursday that the Yankees will not rest after the Happ trade and will still strongly pursue catching depth. The Yankees needed another starter and they got a pretty good facsimile of Montgomery in Happ. This is to say, fans will wonder if Happ was the best possible return for a deal involving what amounted the Yankees best trade chip outside of a member of the young core.

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The Yankees began the day 5½ games behind AL East-leading Boston. A free agent at season's end, thus far this season he's posted a 4.18 ERA (101 ERA+) and 3.71 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 20 starts. MLB.com ranks him as the Yankees' 20th-ranked prospect.

The team doesn't have as many players to deal with Happ and Oh gone and Josh Donaldson still sidelined but according to GM Ross Atkins, they still want to make moves.

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Drury, who is expected to join the Blue Jays when they start a three-game series with the White Sox in Chicago on Friday, creates a potential snarl in the Jays infield, where Yangervis Solarte, Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Aledmys Diaz and Devon Travis are already fighting for playing time. Britton added $4,387,097 to the Yankees payroll. It's the fourth time it's happened during his 12-year career. He is one of five pitchers to earn at least 10 wins in each of the last five seasons (2014-18), along with Zack Greinke, Jon Lester, Chris Sale and Max Scherzer.

"We'll have opportunities for guys to play, there's no doubt about that", Atkins said. He is hitting.230 with 13 homers and 35 RBIs in 62 games this year for Class A Tampa, Double-A Trenton and Scranton. With two starts at 1B, four starts at 2B and eight starts at 3B, he is one of nine Yankees in the Wild Card Era to start at 1B, 2B and 3B in the same season, joining Luis Sojo (1998, 2000-01), Clay Bellinger (2000), Miguel Cairo (2006-07), Wilson Betemit (2007-08), Cody Ransom (2008-09), David Adams (2013), Mark Reynolds (2013) and Neil Walker (2018).

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McKinney was part of the 2016 trade that sent Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs. He played in two games with the Yankees in March, going 1-for-4. Toronto also claimed 31-year-old righty Oliver Drake off waiver from the Los Angeles Angels - he was 1-1 with a 7.01 ERA in 23 games this year with Milwaukee, Cleveland and the Angels.

MLB Rumors: Yankees, Blue Jays Have J.A. Happ Trade Agreement