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Carig ‘Cost of doing business’ Why the Yankees overpaid for J.A. Happ

Carig ‘Cost of doing business’ Why the Yankees overpaid for J.A. Happ

A free agent at season's end, thus far this season he's posted a 4.18 ERA (101 ERA+) and 3.71 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 20 starts.

A 12-year major league veteran, Happ is 102-82 with a 3.95 ERA for Philadelphia (2007-10), Houston (2010-12), Toronto (2013-14, 2016-18), Seattle (2015) and Pittsburgh (2015).

Just because he finds himself with a stockpile of position players doesn't mean that Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins can't see the glaring needs with his team.

Since a particularly ugly outing against, ironically, the Yankees, Happ has bounced back.

As recently as early June, Happ had been one of the biggest/biggest names in a weak market for starting pitchers.

A narrative this deadline season was how the Yankees needed a starting pitcher to help mend their broken rotation. Despite that dip, Cashman said he saw "more upside".

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Reliever Zach Britton reported to the Yankees on Thursday, two days after he was acquired for prospects. The lefty added $4,387,097 to the Yankees payroll.

Drury has played in just 10 games for NY since and has spent most of the season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he is hitting.294 with five homers and 30 RBIs in 55 games.

Drury, who is expected to join the Blue Jays when they start a three-game series with the White Sox in Chicago on Friday, creates a potential snarl in the Jays infield, where Yangervis Solarte, Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Aledmys Diaz and Devon Travis are already fighting for playing time.

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

Drury the Yankees' Opening Day third baseman, but the emergence of Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres, combined with Drury's time on the disabled list due to migraines and blurred vision have limited him to just 57 plate appearances this year.

This is the type of player that fits the mould of the Blue Jays because he's ready to play in the major leagues and the team controls his future. First, the Athletics sent McKinney, Addison Russell and Dan Straily to the Cubs for Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija in 2014. He also appeared in 55 games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season, hitting.294 (58-for-197) with 30 R, 13 doubles, five HR and 30 RBI en route to being named to the International League All-Star team. Toronto also claimed 31-year-old righty Oliver Drake off waiver from the Los Angeles Angels - he was 1-1 with a 7.01 ERA in 23 games this year with Milwaukee, Cleveland and the Angels.

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