New Yankee J.A. Happ bids Toronto adieu

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. 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. And on Thursday, they scored arguably the best starter available, veteran lefty J.A. Happ. "It felt like a stare-down contest", Cashman said. The Yankees also parted ways with Triple-A reliever Cody Carroll and Triple-A starter Josh Rogers in the deal.

"I'm starting to feel like myself", he said.

Two years after pulling off one of the most impressive trade deadlines ever, does Cashman have another trick up his sleeve?

The Yankees might not be done dealing, but acquiring Zach Britton and Happ is a pretty good haul by Cashman considering what he's been forced to give up. 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.

The 35-year-old's career with the Blue Jays started in 2012 when he was acquired as part of a 10-player trade with the Houston Astros. McKinney appears ready to hold his own as a fourth outfielder in the big leagues, and with time may see some significant playing time as Toronto heads toward a rebuild.

"This is a big leaguer", Boone said. "There's just some unique circumstances; unfortunate ones in Brandon's case that just made this a very trying year for him, and in a lot of ways, unfair".

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.

One thing working against the Blue Jays here is Stroman's value isn't particularly high. McKinney has spent most of the season in the minors and is now at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The Spring Valley, Illinois, native was originally selected by Philadelphia in the third round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft.

McKinney, 23, made his Major League debut with the Yankees in 2018, going 1-for-4 in two games before being placed on the disabled list for almost two months with a left shoulder sprain after colliding into the left field wall at Rogers Centre.

With Britton, the Yankees built on a strength and have a legitimate case for the deepest and best bullpen in baseball featuring Adam Warren, Chad Green, A.J. Cole, Chasen Shreve, Jonathan Holder, Dellin Betances, David Robertson, Aroldis Chapman and now Britton.

  • Stacy Allen