Happ signed the note, "No. 33", the number he has worn on his back while representing the organization since 2016.
This was Happ's second stint with the Jays, after he was traded to Toronto from the Houston Astros midway through the 2012 season and traded to the Seattle Mariners in following the 2014 season. Happ is the flawless choice to fix the Yankees pitching needs.
Atkins did not budge, and a day later it was Cashman who blinked, trading for Happ despite a price tag that rival executives considered to be a clear overpay for a rental.
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. He now owns a 4.18 ERA (3.84 FIP) with strikeout (27.4%) and ground ball (44.6%) rates that will play in Yankee Stadium.
Therefore, Happ could play a major role down the stretch for the Yankees. He is 7-4 with a 2.98 ERA in 19 career games (18 starts) against Boston, including a sparkling 0.84 ERA in two starts this season.
Jay Bell doesn't need to recall Zach Britton's big-league resume to know how good of an acquisition he was for the Yankees. 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. Drury is clearly a serious young man and a young man who is on a mission to prove to the baseball world that he is destined to become a standout major leaguer - even if there are as many naysayers as supporters as to what he brings to the table as a ball player. But Happ went through a rough patch that significantly damaged his trade value, both to the Jays and potential buyers. "It felt like a stare-down contest", Cashman said. Brandon Drury was hitting.176 at the time the deal was struck, and although he managed to play each infield position this season, not much more can be said for him. The Yankees have ten more games against the Red Sox and Happ will help the Yankees take the lead in the AL East over the Red Sox.
The Yankees were one of three teams who had scouts in attendance at Rogers Centre for what was likely Happ's last start as a Blue Jay. In 62 games at three levels, he is hitting.230 with 13 home runs and 35 RBIs.
McKinney, a first rounder of the A's in 2013, was included as a throw-in in larger trades that sent him first to the Cubs and then to the Yankees in the Aroldis Chapman deal in 2016.
McKinney, 23, was 1-for-4 in two games this season for the Yankees.