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Former Blue Jays pitcher JA Happ full of praise for Toronto, Canada

31 July, 2018, 04:44 | Author: Hannah Francis
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Happ signed the note, "No. 33", the number he has worn on his back while representing the organization since 2016. 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. With his free agency scheduled for 2022, Drury could become a mainstay in the Blue Jays's lineup for many years.

Starting pitching has been seen as the Yankees' biggest weakness so far in 2018.

Happ, who turns 36 in October, is 10-6 with a 4.18 ERA in 20 starts.He joins a rotation that includes Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia and Sonny Gray.

The two-time All-Star reliever, acquired by the Yankees from Baltimore late Tuesday night for Dillon Tate and two other minor leaguers, retired all three Thunder batters he faced on three pitches.

The Yankees are 5.5 behind their rivals the Boston Red Sox in the AL East. Brandon Drury, whom the Yankees acquired in the offseason, not only was not playing well, but didn't get much playing time due to the emergence of rookie Miguel Andujar. Because they didn't, they have spent much of this season looking to acquire the best available pitchers in this trading marketplace. His ERA has fluctuated month to month, and he has had a awful July, posting an 0-3 record with a 7.41 ERA through four starts. And in his last 10 starts against the Red Sox dating back to 2015, he has posted a 1.78 ERA with a.202 opponent batting average.




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.

The Yankees now have the pitching help they need with the addition of Happ.

The Yankees have positioned themselves as perhaps the most aggressive buyer in this summer's trade market.

The additions of Britton and Happ are not going to vault the Yankees past the Red Sox. The Pirates' first-round pick from 2013 hit.298 with five home runs and 13 RBIs in 48 games with Pittsburgh earlier this season. "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".

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. In 62 games at three levels, he is hitting.230 with 13 home runs and 35 RBIs.

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