Happ signed the note, "No. 33", the number he has worn on his back while representing the organization since 2016.
Happ has a US$13 million salary in the final season of a $36 million, three-year contract, and the Yankees are responsible for the remaining $4,543,011. He was a first-time All-Star this season and is scheduled to become a free agent after the season. The Yankees were chasing starting pitching and Happ was one of the more cost-effective options on the trade market.
Being traded at the deadline is nothing new for Happ. 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.
NEW YORK-To the New York Yankees, lefty J.A. Happ put check marks in a lot of boxes-familiar with the AL East, comfortable in the postseason and perhaps most importantly, successful against the Boston Red Sox. Brandon Drury, whom the Yankees acquired in the offseason, not only was not playing well, but didn't get much playing time due to the emergence of rookie Miguel Andujar.
The New York Yankees are a better team now than they were a week ago. However, he has been struggling lately as he is 0-3 with a 7.41 ERA in four starts this month. Drury, who has played every infield position this season except shortstop, is batting.176 in 18 games in the majors. Both Drury and McKinney have potential, which means that the Yankees could have held onto them for the rest of the season and could have included them in a trade in December or January. 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.
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The Yankees now have the pitching help they need with the addition of Happ.
The 23-year-old McKinney was selected by Oakland with the 24th overall pick in the 2013 amateur draft, was traded to the Chicago Cubs with Addison Russell and Dan Straily for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel in July 2014, then dealt to the Yankees along with Gleyber Torres and Adam Warren for Chapman in July 2016.
The Yankees were one of three teams who had scouts in attendance at Rogers Centre for what was likely Happ's last start as a Blue Jay. "It felt like a stare-down contest", Cashman said. "The reason we got him is we really feel like this is a big league third baseman".
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. In 62 games at three levels, he is hitting.230 with 13 home runs and 35 RBIs.