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.
Source: Yankees sending Brandon Drury and Billy McKinney to Jays in the trade for J.A. Happ. Congressman @JonHeyman was first to report them as potential return.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) July 26, 2018
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.