Yankees acquire JA Happ for Brandon Drury, Billy McKinney

J.A. Happ

The Yankees acquired 36-year-old starter J.A. Happ from the Blue Jays on Thursday, a move that some thought was obvious for the Yankees to make: The lack of impactful starting pitching on the trade market this year, coupled with Happ's effectiveness vs. the AL East in his career, seemed to make sense for everyone - as long as Toronto came to the table fairly, which it did.

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.

Happ was the Blue Jays' representative to the MLB All-Star Game last week in Washington. But Atkins said positional depth is necessary for any playoff-calibre team.

That said, we don't know the whole plan or the big picture of what Mark Shapiro and Ross Atkins have up their sleeve.

Wearing a T-shirt that read "We Play To Win", Drury shook hands with several clubhouse workers as he prepared to pack. "If it means that someone goes to triple-A, that's a good scenario for an organization". 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.

"In the three years I've known (Happ), he's only become more and more driven and more and more focused, and it's really inspiring to be around him", Atkins said.

J.A. Happ is a great pitcher and fills a massive need for the Yankees as they pursue the franchise's 28th World Series title.

NY began the day 5 1/2 games behind Boston, the AL East leader.

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In 57 plate appearances at the Major League Baseball level this year, he's hit just.176/.263/.275, but he fared better at triple-A, hitting.294/.403/.447 in 233 total plate appearances with Scranton before re-joining the Yankees in July.

A 12-year major league veteran, Happ is 102-82 with a 3.95 ERA for Philadelphia (2007-10), Houston (2010-12), Toronto (2013-14, 2016-18), Seattle (2015) and Pittsburgh (2015). The Blue Jays get two young, controllable players in Drury and McKinney, and can continue to re-shape their roster to compete in the future.

Drury, who turns 26 next month, was acquired by the Yankees from Arizona in February and began the season as their starting third baseman.

The Yankees acquired Drury in a trade this spring to compete against rookie Miguel Andujar for the starting third-base job.

Drury played in just 10 games for NY since and spent most of the season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The 25-year-old isn't yet arbitration-eligible, though that could change this off-season if he collects enough service time to qualify for Super Two status.

In Drury and McKinney, the Yankees traded two players with no obvious long-term fit. The former first-round pick of the A's was hitting.230 with 13 home runs for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season.

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