MLB Hot Stove: Lefty J.A. Happ Heads to the Yankees
The Phillies were reportedly considering a trade for Toronto Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ as the club considered starting rotation options. The left-handed Happ would make some sense for the Phillies, as he would give the all-eighty rotation a left-handed option. But the Phillies appear to have missed out on Happ.
According to Jon Morosi of MLB.com, a deal is done that is sending Happ to the New York Yankees:
MLB.com's Mark Feinsand notes that Brandon Drury and Billy McKinney are included in the package headed to Toronto.
Drury could become the regular third baseman for the Toronto Blue Jays. Incumbent third baseman Josh Donaldson is currently on the disabled list. Once Donaldson returns, he is a candidate to be moved. Donaldson will be a free agent this offseason. Drury has played multiple infield positions for New York.
McKinney is a left-handed hitting outfielder currently at Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre. McKinney is batting .230 for the Rail Riders, with 13 home runs ad 32 runs batted in. McKinney has also appeared in two games for the big club.
The Phillies might still be interested in a left-handed starter. The Phillies reportedly were scouting left-handed starter Cole Hamels on Wednesday night in Arlington, Texas. Hamels may not cost the Phillies much in trade due to his contract demands. Various reports have suggested Hamels and the Phillies will reunite.
The non-waiver trade deadline is on Tuesday.