Published: Tue, July 31, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Former Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ full of praise for Canada

Former Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ full of praise for Canada

The deal with the New York Yankees sees Brandon Drury and Billy McKinney coming in exchange for Happ who gets to compete for the World Series. The Yankees needed another starter and they got a pretty good facsimile of Montgomery in Happ.

"I feel like there's a lot left in the tank and I'm here to prove that", he said. "We think in a lot of ways he can pitch a lot better than his numbers might suggest".

Happ is 10-6 on the season with a 4.18 ERA in 20 starts.

The Blue Jays have been shopping Happ for a while and while he was among the top available rentals but his value took a bit of a hit with some of his struggles. Despite that dip, Cashman said he saw "more upside". And that was before J.A. Happ was dealt.

It's fair to point out that Happ isn't the ace the Yankees really covet, but it doesn't appear that pitcher is out there for a reasonable price this week. They believe they have now done that. Sure, Boston roughed him up for five unearned runs on July 12th.

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The trade could not have come at a better time, as the Yankees will face off against the division-leading Boston Red Sox 10 times over the season's final 61 games. "It's probably been some defensive issues behind him". 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. Cashman said he used some of Happ's recent performances in his negotiating tactics.

Atkins called Happ a steady professional who helped the development of younger pitchers on staff, including up-and-coming lefty Ryan Borucki. The 35-year-old is 10-6 with a 4.18 ERA this season.

The latest report from Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reveals the upstart Philadelphia Phillies have interest in the Blue Jays veteran outfielder Curtis Granderson. Acquired by the Yankees from the Arizona Diamondbacks in February, he was the Yankees' Opening Day third baseman. He was one of the most entertaining Blue Jays players to watch in the first half of 2018, slashing.265/.328/.497 with 11 home runs in his first 50 games. "I want to be a Yankee one of these days at the big league level, '" Bell said. "Just had some stuff happen that wasn't planned, that wasn't expected".

"This is a big leaguer", Boone said. "When I re-signed one of my goals was to win over the Blue Jays fans". The 23-year-old McKinney, a first-round pick by the Yankees in 2013, was batting just.230 in 54 games at Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre, with 13 home runs and 32 RBIs.

McKinney has played two games for the Yankees, filling in on March 30-31 because of injuries to other outfielders.

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