Yankees sign Happ from Blue Jays

Yankees sign Happ from Blue Jays

Where Happ will likely pay his dividends is taking the ball for three starts against Boston this regular season, and potentially in the postseason where Happ can swing to the bullpen to work long if needed should NY go to a three-man rotation. He's on a modest one-year deal with the Blue Jays and found himself traded to a contender last season as well. Starting pitcher Dillon Tate, who the Yankees acquired from the Texas Rangers in the Carlos Beltran trade in 2016, is the best prospect who the Yankees dealt to the Orioles in the Britton trade.

Atkins did not budge, and a day later it was Cashman who blinked, trading for Happ despite a price tag that rival executives considered to be a clear overpay for a rental. Through 20 starts, he's 10-6 with a 4.18 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 130 strikeouts over 114 innings. Over the last three years he is 4-1 with a 1.84 ERA.

If the Yankees have any chance at all to catch the Red Sox for the AL East crown then improving their starting rotation was a must.

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

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It's fair to point out that Happ isn't the ace the Yankees really covet, but it doesn't appear that pitcher is out there for a reasonable price this week. Despite his struggles, Drury is a.267 career hitter who can play multiple positions in the infield.

The deal works for both teams in that Toronto picks up a pair of players they can add to their roster right now if needed, and they shed salary as they prepare for an off-season of free agent shopping. He will make his presence felt in the postseason, but there is only so much he can do in the regular season. The Yankees and Red Sox play 10 more times this season. The Yankees didn't necessarily need help at the back end of games, with their bullpen leading the major leagues with a 2.76 ERA even before Britton showed up. The Yankees acquired McKinney from the Cubs in the trade that sent Aroldis Chapman to Chicago in 2016. "I had bad breaks along the way", Drury said in the Yankees' clubhouse before Thursday night's game against the Royals. Happ signed a three-year contract with the Blue Jays on November 30, 2015, and will be a free agent at the end of the 2018 season. Shuttled back and forth between the majors and Triple-A after getting treatments that addressed the issue, Drury had played in just 10 games for the Yankees since. "That's what it's all about is trying to figure out a way to get the big league club a trophy and a bunch of rings".

In 23 games with the Pirates this season, Osuna, 25, is batting.196 with two home runs, two doubles and seven RBIs.

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