So here we are mid season and the Yankees are 5.5 games behind the Red Sox. Not going to lie I knew we had a need for pitching but I didn’t know they were going to be this inconsistent. The Yank ees offense is very good and they give you a solid amount of runs per game. As for the bullpen it’s what every one expected the best bullpen in the mlb. Now let’s get into some trades.
On Thursday the Yankees acquired right handed relief pitcher Zach Britton from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for prospects Dillon Tate, Cody Carroll, and Josh Rodgers. The main piece in the deal is Dillon Tate who has an electric fastball and has a high ceiling. The Yankees acquired him for Carlos Beltran a couple of deadlines ago. Zach Britton is a great pickup for the Yankees, as they were looking for a dominant LHP to go along with all of their Dominant righties. He can come in and give you a solid inning of work . All in all it was an even trade for both clubs as the orioles got good young pitching prospects and the Yankees got a good left handed pitcher.
Just this morning the Yankees acquired left handed starting pitcher J.A. Happ from the Toronto Blue Jays. The Yankees are sending over 3b/2b Brandon Drury and outfield prospect Billy McKinney. Obviously the Yankees are in need of some starting pitching and Happ will help. The Blue Jays got a real nice package for a 35 year old rental so hats off to the Jays. Drury is under team control for 5 more years and despite the head problems he is a solid player. Billy McKinney isn’t a top prospect but he has major league experience and will make it back some day. J.A Happ made the all star team this year posting a 10-6 record so far with a 4.18 era.
These moves will be a help to the Yankees as they try to chase down Boston in the division. I still think the Yankees aren’t done making moves for key players. We can only wait and see for the remaining 4 days leading up to the deadline.