Prospects of Interest: Blue Jays add Drury, McKinney in Happ trade

Prospects of Interest: Blue Jays add Drury, McKinney in Happ trade

NY is giving up infielder Brandon Drury and minor league outfielder Billy McKinney in the trade. The lefty starter finished sixth in Cy Young voting in 2016, posting a 3.18 ERA and going 20-4.

Drury, who has shuffled between the Yankees and triple A this season, was traded to the Yankees last winter from Arizona. Another attractive aspect with Happ is that he's battle-tested within the American League East. While, after 12 years in the bigs, you sort of know what to expect from Happ, he has increased his strikeout rate dramatically this year, punching out 10.3 batters per nine after averaging only 7.9 for his career. While some might be disappointed with the return the Jays got for Happ, it still remains to be seen just how the Jays will utilize Drury and Billy McKinney, and until we know for sure, we'll just have to wait and see. The 35-year-old is in the final season of a three-year, $36 million deal he signed prior to the 2016 season. It's a list that includes Yangervis Solarte, Aledmys Díaz, Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Devon Travis, and is supposed to eventually also include Vladimir Guerrero well.

Here's a closer look at the newest additions to the Blue Jays' organization...

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Drury will now join the Blue Jays in Chicago, where manager John Gibbons could use him at second, third or in the outfield.

As for future trades, the Blue Jays GM was rather tight lipped, not mentioning any players in particular that have been involved in trade talks. He has shown solid power at triple-A dating back to past year, with 23 home runs in 109 total games at the minors' highest level.

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Happ, who is scheduled to be a free agent this summer, has been considered one of the most coveted pieces in advance of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline and now lands with a playoff contender.

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