Star is a flexible term, as Happ feels like a Sydney Ponson-type; a guy who is having a good season and is a hot commodity at the deadline for the right contender.
It turns out his value was an equally expendable piece: Brandon Drury. He was 10-3 with a 3.62 ERA through June before going 0-3 with a 7.41 ERA in four July starts.
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.
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The Yankees' rotation is anchored by Luis Severino and Masahiro Tanaka, and they have received a resurgent season from 37-year-old CC Sabathia. With backup catcher Luke Maile sharing time with Russell Martin and defensive specialist Reese McGuire performing adequately at Triple-A Buffalo, the Jays and Yankees could be trade partners once again. NY has good team stats across the rotation, but there are questions after No. 1 starter Luis Severino. The starters available now probably won't be around August 17 - most, if not all, traded by Tuesday's non-waiver deadline.
NY pitchers have allowed only 3.85 runs per game, which is third in the AL. Happ is now scheduled to start Saturday for Toronto, which, if he stayed in that spot, would line him up to pitch the following weekend at Fenway. Tossing in McKinney, who isn't a Top 100 prospect but has been putting together a solid year at Triple-A, is icing on an already delicious cake. Though Happ endured a few rough outings recently, he racked up nine strikeouts and allowed just one earned run over five innings in his last start. He did strike out six. That Happ has experience in the AL East is also beneficial.
This is the type of player that fits the mould of the Blue Jays because he's ready to play in the major leagues and the team controls his future. Thus, they could be one and done and out before even using Happ. But Houston (3.19) and Boston (3.72) are ahead of them in this category. So nearly certainly will Tanaka and probably Sabathia, both owing to their experience and how well they performed in the playoffs a year ago. But Sonny Gray has been ineffective (5.34 ERA) and they have had to patch together a fifth starter, using Domingo German, Jordan Montgomery, Jonathan Loaisiga and, currently, Luis Cessa. The risk is waking up on the symbolic August 17 with a problem and no way to solve it. Britton added $4,387,097 to the Yankees payroll.