The New York Yankees have acquired left-handed pitcher J.A. Happ from the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports, ending their month-long pursuit of a starting pitching addition. In exchange for Happ, the Blue Jays will receive two players — infielder Brandon Drury and minor league outfielder Billy McKinney.
Happ is the Yankees’ second high-profile acquisition of the week, as the team traded for now former-Orioles closer Zach Britton on Tuesday. These two moves come as the team attempts to keep pace with the Boston Red Sox in the competitive American League East division. Despite the team’s 64-36 record, the second-best record in baseball, they currently sit 5 1⁄2 games out of the division lead.
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