The Yankees may not be done rewiring their roster. According to multiple reports, the team is working on a deal to land Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ. Mark Feinsand indicates that the Bombers are “heavy in the mix.”
Happ, 35, owns a 4.18 ERA (3.84 FIP) over 114 innings pitched in 2018. He has solid strikeout (10.26 K/9) and groundball numbers (44.6%), but he’s allowed a few too many home runs (1.34 HR/9). After starting the season as an attractive trade candidate, Happ now profiles as a rental back-end starter.
The Bombers have long been connected to Happ, but found the price too high to act upon. Toronto’s demands have apparently dropped in the last day or so. Others have noted that the Jays don’t want to scramble in attempting to move the left-hander on deadline day.
Hear #Bluejays pushing harder to move Happ and relievers likeAxford/Clippard to avoid getting too close to deadline with too much inventory it wants to move.— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) July 24, 2018
The Yankees aren’t alone in the Happ sweepstakes. The Mariners and Phillies have checked in on him, and as Feinsand notes, the Brewers need pitching now. We should see how this shakes out soon enough.
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