Five Names To Watch As MLB Trade Deadline Approaches

Blue Jays J.A. Happ pitches to the Rays during a game

The Yankees will be the sixth team Happ has played for.

A narrative this deadline season was how the Yankees needed a starting pitcher to help mend their broken rotation.

Happ, a first-time all-stat this season at age 35, immediately brings some stability to that group, along with an extensive track record that includes a 3.72 ERA in 10 postseason appearances, including three starts.

The veteran lefty makes a lot of sense for the Yankees - a team devoid of much starting pitching talent beyond Luis Severino and Masahiro Tanaka.

Happ is now 10-6 with a 4.18 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. The starters available now probably won't be around August 17 - most, if not all, traded by Tuesday's non-waiver deadline.

The Yankees entered Thursday on pace for 104 wins but trailing the Red Sox by 5½ games.

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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).

The 30-year-old Britton had surgery on his right Achilles last December and made his season debut on June 12. McKinney ranks as the Yankees' 20th best prospect and Drury was demoted to Triple-A after rookie Miguel Andujar took his job as the everyday third baseman.

Ultimately, the Blue Jays picked up a big league infielder and an outfield prospect for two months of Happ; a fair trade for both Toronto - a team on the cusp of a potential rebuild - and the Yankees - a club looking to beef up their roster for October. "We'll have opportunities for guys to play, there's no doubt about that". He also hit.294/.403/.447 (144 wRC+) with five home runs in 55 games with Triple-A Scranton.

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. 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.

After weeks of speculation and trade rumours, the Toronto Blue Jays finally dealt their most valuable trade chip. The 23-year-old was a first-round pick of the Oakland A's in 2013. The Yankees are attempting to shore up their starting rotation to push for the division title and avoid the one-game crapshoot of the wild-card game.

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