If there is an available pitcher on the market, it seems at this point you can just assume he is heading to New York and the Yankees.
Because just days after acquiring the top remaining reliever on the market in Baltimore’s Zach Britton, they got another great arm from within their own division when they traded for Toronto Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ.
In return, the Jays get a couple of prospects—infielder Brandon Druryand Triple-A outfielder, Billy McKinney.
Based off what he's seen of Happ over the years in addition to a conversation he had Thursday with the 35-year-old starter, Yankees manager Aaron Boone can't wait to get the pitcher in pinstripes.
"I'm really excited about this," Boone said. "This is a guy who's obviously had a really good career, he's having a good year this year. We think in a lot of ways he can pitch a lot better than his numbers might suggest."
Happ is 10-6 with a 4.18 ERA in 114 innings for the Jays this season.
And while those numbers may not stand out so much—those are against the entire MLB this season.
But over his career—against one particular club noted for their red socks—Happ is 7-4 with a 2.98 ERA in his career against Boston, who the Yankees face 10 more times this season.
It is shaping up to be a great September in the AL East and that is great for baseball.
In two starts against Boston this season, he has an 0.84 ERA. In his last outing against the Red Sox, he gave up five runs, including a grand slam to Mookie Betts. Each of the runs he allowed in the 6-4 loss on July 12 was unearned.