The Grants Pass, Oregon, native was acquired by the Yankees from the Arizona Diamondbacks as part of a three-team trade (also Tampa Bay) on February 20, 2018.
In an interview with David Singh of Sportsnet back in March, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman had high praises for Drury who was acquired this past offseason. 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.
The Yankees began the day 5½ games behind AL East-leading Boston.
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 positioned themselves as perhaps the most aggressive buyer in this summer's trade market. The lefty starter finished sixth in Cy Young voting in 2016, posting a 3.18 ERA and going 20-4. If the Blue Jays can swing a deal and acquire one of the Yankees' top 30 prospects, it might be considered a win.
They gave up that - and Drury is not even arbitration eligible until after this season - plus McKinney, who may make a power-hitting fourth outfielder, for a starter now not pitching well who will be a free agent after the season.
The Yankees play 10 more games against the Red Sox this season and hope to overtake their longtime rivals to avoid a one-and-done matchup in the wild-card game. Britton added $4,387,097 to the Yankees payroll. Although both are viable big league talents, both were expendable for the Yankees, with Drury losing his third base job to rookie Miguel Andujar early in the season and McKinney unable to crack the team's high-powered outfield and spending most of this season at Class AAA.
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. The former first-round pick of the A's was hitting.230 with 13 home runs for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season. The Dallas, Texas, native was acquired by the Yankees along with RHP Adam Warren, INF Gleyber Torres and OF Rashad Crawford from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for LHP Aroldis Chapman on July 25, 2016.
Five days from the non-waiver trade deadline the Toronto Blue Jays have cashed in their biggest trade chip. He has a $621,900 salary and has 2 years, 99 days of major league service, making it possible he could be eligible for salary arbitration for the first time next winter.