Yankees trade for left-hander JA Happ from Blue Jays

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McKinney, a left-handed outfielder who is playing in Triple-A this season, is the Yankees' 20th-ranked prospect as rated by MLBPipeline.com.

So while the Blue Jays didn't get a blue-chip minor leaguer when they traded veteran left-hander J.A. Happ to the New York Yankees, Atkins was pleased to get a pair of major league-ready players instead.

J.A. Happ is a great pitcher and fills a massive need for the Yankees as they pursue the franchise's 28th World Series title. The Yankees have an deep bullpen, which got deeper when they acquired Zach Britton earlier this week from Baltimore. 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. Most recently, in 2016 - the same season he went 20-4 with a 3.18 ERA and finished sixth in Cy Young voting - he made a pair of playoff starts for the Blue Jays, winning one and losing one.

It's been a busy few days for Brian Cashman and the New York Yankees. It's the fourth time it's happened during his 12-year career. He's also given the Boston Red Sox fits in the past, as evidenced by his April 24 start against the division-leading Red Sox when he went seven innings, giving up just one run and striking out 10. With two starts at 1B, four starts at 2B and eight starts at 3B, he is one of nine Yankees in the Wild Card Era to start at 1B, 2B and 3B in the same season, joining Luis Sojo (1998, 2000-01), Clay Bellinger (2000), Miguel Cairo (2006-07), Wilson Betemit (2007-08), Cody Ransom (2008-09), David Adams (2013), Mark Reynolds (2013) and Neil Walker (2018). He has shown solid power at triple-A dating back to previous year, with 23 home runs in 109 total games at the minors' highest level.

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Wearing a T-shirt that read "We Play To Win", Drury shook hands with several clubhouse workers as he prepared to pack.

"Definitely not what I expected the season to be like as a Yankee", he said. First, the Athletics sent McKinney, Addison Russell and Dan Straily to the Cubs for Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija in 2014. The former first-round pick of the A's was hitting.230 with 13 home runs for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season.

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.

While the AL East victor gets to host a division series, the loser must survive a single-elimination wild-card game - at this point, the opponent would be Seattle - for the right to play on.

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