The New York Yankees have landed the rotation help they've been trying to acquire since the offseason. He was dealt to the Seattle Mariners in 2015 but returned to the Blue Jays in 2016 after signing a three-year deal. He now sits at a 4.18 ERA on the present season, with peripherals suggesting he has been even more effective than the results would suggest.
Drury, who turns 26 next month, was acquired by the Yankees from Arizona in February and began the season as their starting third baseman. While the addition of Drury further complicates the Blue Jays' already-crowded infield mix, Atkins noted that the best organizations have a surplus of MLB-calibre contributors. In return they have sent infielder Brandon Drury and outfield prospect Billy McKinney.
Talks heated up over the past 24 hours with several teams reported to be in the mix for Happ, the 35-year-old IL native who has been the Jays top starter in 2018.
What's Next for the Blue Jays?
As for future trades, the Blue Jays GM was rather tight lipped, not mentioning any players in particular that have been involved in trade talks. "If it means that someone goes to triple-A, that's a good scenario for an organization". A lot of power, not much on-base ability.
For all intents and purposes, Happ will step into the rotation to replace Jordan Montgomery, who was lost to Tommy John surgery earlier this season. 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. He made his first career All-Star Game this season, earning the save in the American League's 10-inning, 8-6, win.
The 23-year-old 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 Hammell in July 2014, then dealt to the Yankees along with Gleyber Torres and Adam Warren for Aroldis Chapman in July 2016.
McKinney is the intriguing piece coming back to the Blue Jays.
It's been a busy few days for Brian Cashman and the New York Yankees.
In Drury and McKinney, the Yankees traded two players with no obvious long-term fit.