The teams will play 10 more times in the regular season, and Happ happens to be 7-4 with a 2.98 ERA in 19 career appearances (including 18 starts) against the Red Sox, including two starts this season in which he went 0-1 with an 0.84 ERA and 16 strikeouts against only one walk in 10 2/3 innings.
In Drury and McKinney, the Yankees traded two players with no obvious long-term fit.
Even after a deal to acquire left-handed starting pitcher J.A. Happ, the Yankees could still be in talks with the Blue Jays to acquire catching depth, Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic and Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported Wednesday night. Sherman tweeted again Thursday that the Yankees will not rest after the Happ trade and will still strongly pursue catching depth.
Rotation is help on the way to the Yankees.
NY started the day 5 1/2 games behind Boston in the American League East Division but are well in front of the rest of the league for the first wild-card spot. MLB.com ranks him as the Yankees' 20th-ranked prospect. The lefty added $4,387,097 to the Yankees payroll.
The 30-year-old Britton had surgery on his right Achilles last December and made his season debut on June 12. He went on the disabled list after the team's eighth game because of blurred vision and migraines, and he lost his job to big-hitting rookie Miguel Andujar.
Baseball America ranked McKinney 23rd among Yankees prospects entering the season, and he now ranks 20th in New York's deep system, according to MLB Pipeline.
"It wasn't what I planned", he said. "We'll have opportunities for guys to play, there's no doubt about that". "Hopefully, this is a fresh opportunity". He is hitting.230 with 13 homers and 35 RBIs in 62 games this year for Class A Tampa, Double-A Trenton and Scranton. The Dallas, Texas, native was acquired by the Yankees along with RHP Adam Warren, INF Gleyber Torres and OF Rashad Crawford from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for LHP Aroldis Chapman on July 25, 2016.
McKinney has played two games for the Yankees, filling in on March 30-31 because of injuries to other outfielders. He was a former first-round pick with the Oakland Athletics and this now marks his third trade in four years.
The Yankees optioned righty Luis Cessa to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and selected the contract of outfielder Shane Robinson from the minor league club. The Yankees are attempting to shore up their starting rotation to push for the division title and avoid the one-game crapshoot of the wild-card game.More news: Pep: Hart’s future uncertain, will play in preseason