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MLB Trade Rumors: J.A. Happ is headed to the Yankees, per report

The AL East is turning into a Wild West showdown between the Yankees and Red Sox.

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Earlier today, it was reported that the Blue Jays were set on trading one of their prime trade pieces, LHP J.A. Happ, before the weekend.

Rumors have been swirling for a while that a number of teams were interested in getting their hands on Happ with the Yankees and Brewers pulling ahead in recent days. Well, it appears that the Yankees were able to close the deal.

Happ has posted a 4.18 ERA and 3.84 FIP in 20 starts in 2018 and with the Yankees having a eye on a formidable Red Sox lineup that is weaker against lefties, Happ was among the best options available to them on the market.

As for the return, both Billy McKinney and Brandon Drury were at one point or another highly regarded prospects, but don't really have a path forward with the Yankees with the presence of younger and/or better options on the roster.