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Yankees have agreement in place for Happ

Veteran left-hander is among the top starting pitchers on trade market
July 25, 2018

A popular name on the rumor mill, J.A. Happ soon could be on the move.Speculation started swirling Wednesday afternoon when MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reported that the Toronto Blue Jays appeared close to dealing the left-hander. From there, rumors began to kick into gear and haven't slowed much since.A free agent

A popular name on the rumor mill, J.A. Happ soon could be on the move.
Speculation started swirling Wednesday afternoon when MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reported that the Toronto Blue Jays appeared close to dealing the left-hander. From there, rumors began to kick into gear and haven't slowed much since.
A free agent at season's end, Happ has been linked to a number of contending clubs in need of a rotation boost down the stretch, including the Yankees, Brewers, Cubs, Mariners and Phillies.
Rumors travel fast. Follow all the latest right here.
The 35-year-old was an All-Star for the first time in his 12-year big league career and owns a 4.18 ERA in 2018. That number is elevated a bit because Happ struggled in early July before bouncing back in his most recent start by holding the Orioles to one run over five innings with nine strikeouts against no walks. His 1.18 WHIP and 10.3 K/9 mark are among the best of his 12-year career in the Major Leagues.
We'll stay on top of all the latest as the chase for Happ continues.

• The latest? The Yankees and Blue Jays have a trade agreement in place for Happ, a source tells MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi.

The full deal appears to be Happ to New York for infielder Brandon Drury and outfielder Billy McKinney, a source tells MLB.com's Mark Feinsand.

The Yankees, who have been circling Happ, are "getting closer" as MLB Network insider Joel Sherman reports. While no deal is done yet, they have looked like the front-runner since rumors kicked into high gear Wednesday.

Fellow MLB Network insider Jon Heyman is hearing the same, while also advancing the discussion to say Drury could be involved.

• The Blue Jays are pushing to get something done with Happ -- and soon. His next scheduled start is Saturday vs. the White Sox, and the club is aiming to move him before then, according to Heyman on Thursday afternoon.

• The Yankees, Brewers and Cubs are in play for Happ, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, who notes Thursday morning that Milwaukee's urgency to add a starter is a big factor in this race. Nightengale labels the Yanks the "biggest threat" in the Brewers' way.

• Feinsand, who reported Tuesday that the Blue Jays had a "very high" asking price for Happ, noted late Wednesday that the Yankees still "appear to be the leader" but noted that other teams remain very much in play.

• Speaking of New York, MLB Network insiders Ken Rosenthal and Sherman both heard that Drury interests Toronto's front office, which could help swing a deal.

Rosenthal also points out that the Yankees -- who are expected to be without backstop Gary Sanchez (right groin injury) for at least a month -- have checked in on the possibility of adding catcher depth with the Blue Jays, who have Luke Maile on the 25-man roster and Reese McGuire on the 40-man.
• The Mariners also got a mention Wednesday night as a Happ suitor from Heyman.

Perhaps coincidentally -- or not? -- Seattle acquired the southpaw from the Blue Jays back in December 2014, with outfielder Michael Saunders going to Toronto. In other words, this wouldn't be the first time such a swap took place.

Jason Catania is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JayCat11.