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With A.L. East title slipping away, Yankees trade for J.A

With A.L. East title slipping away, Yankees trade for J.A

Brandon Drury was hitting.176 at the time the deal was struck, and although he managed to play each infield position this season, not much more can be said for him. With the Yankees now 5.5 back of Boston in the division, Happ should really help the them get back in the race.

The Yankees have been trying to add a starter since the offseason and they finally landed one. "It felt like a stare-down contest", Cashman said.

With Happ, the Yankees bring in an experienced veteran who has pitched in the AL East for the past three seasons. "I usually approach things as, how I feel if [Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins] wound up going in a different direction and if I wound up pivoting and continuing my journey for something I needed". 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. 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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Over 12 Major League seasons with the Phillies (2007-10), Astros (2010-12), Blue Jays (2012-14, '16-18), Mariners (2015) and Pirates (2015), he has gone 102-82 with a 3.95 ERA (1,467.0 IP, 1,397 H, 692 R/644 ER, 540 BB, 1,294 K, 179 HR) in 273 career games (248 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. The Yankees may have given up a lot for Britton, but at least he has been one of the best relievers in baseball for the past five years. "Just had some stuff happen that wasn't planned, that wasn't expected. If it means that someone goes to triple-A, that is a good scenario for an organization". The Yankees are Happ's sixth big league team, as reported by ESPN. As those players left, got hurt or became ineffective, the Blue Jays have started to rebuild. Drury was then placed on the DL and eventually optioned to triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre. He was drafted in the first round (24th overall) of the 2013 draft by the Oakland Athletics.

McKinney appeared in Single-A, Double-A, Triple-A and played two games in the Majors this season for NY, but spent most of his time in Triple-A Scranton/Walkes-Barre. The Dallas, Texas, native was acquired by the Yankees along with RHP Adam Warren, INF Gleyber Torres and OF Rashad Crawford from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for LHP Aroldis Chapman on July 25, 2016. There, the 23 year old batted just.230, but displayed some power, hitting 13 homers while driving in 32 runs in 54 games.