Those contending Blue Jays teams had big-name stars like Happ, Russell Martin, Josh Donaldson, Troy Tulowitzki, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion.
Another reason why Happ is the flawless choice for the Yankees is his postseason experience. Within the past several days, general manager Brian Cashman has dealt for Baltimore Orioles closer Zach Britton and Toronto Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ. Cashman and the Yankees were on the hunt for veteran starting pitching help in the offseason, but they didn't get it. The Yankees did give up too much, especially in the Happ trade. In 20 starts this season, Happ owns a 10-6 record with a 4.18 ERA, earning him his first All-Star nod. Over the last three years he is 4-1 with a 1.84 ERA.
Happ, 35, is viewed by most as a rental for the Yankees, who have been looking to add to their rotation as they try to keep up with Boston in the American League East. He dealt with a freak injury earlier in the season and lost his third base job to rookie Miguel Andujar, who has been fantastic.
The New York Yankees are a better team now than they were a week ago.
Happ was 0-3 in his last four starts, and had been hit hard this month by the Yankees and Boston-an error severely cost him. Despite his struggles, Drury is a.267 career hitter who can play multiple positions in the infield. He is 7-4 with a 2.98 ERA in his career against the Red Sox.
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A question that has been raised with this deal is why Toronto would ask for an infielder in return when the team has similar options on the roster already. The Yankees and Red Sox play 10 more times this season.
Granderson is a part-time player on the Blue Jays as-is, which means he'd see even more limited playing time on a contending team.
"(The Jays) just said, 'be ready to play. On Thursday, July 26, they made their next move by trading for the veteran left-hander Happ. Although he hit.176 with just one home run and seven RBIs in 18 games this season for the Yankees, he recorded 13 homers and drove in 63 runs while hitting.267 in 135 games for the Arizona Diamondbacks a year ago. "I'm excited to get over there and get in the lineup and finish the season up strong with the Blue Jays", Drury said.
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.
In 23 games with the Pirates this season, Osuna, 25, is batting.196 with two home runs, two doubles and seven RBIs.