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Thursday, July 26, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL TRADE FALLOUT: J.A. HAPP LATEST ADD FOR YANKEE PLAYOFF PUSH

As was widely speculated for weeks, the New York Yankees have finally picked up veteran starter J.A. Happ from the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday for a package of infielder Brandon Drury and minor league outfielder Brian McKinney.  Happ will serve to bolster a questionable Yankee rotation that has had to watch Masahiro Tanaka miss extensive time to injury and Sonny Gray struggled almost from the start in and the fact he his a proven pitcher in the AL East is an added bonus.  Now in terms of fantasy baseball, Happ has always been an interesting story in that he was a late bloomer who made various stops around the majors with terrible results before figuring things out in 2015 when he pitched to a 3.61 ERA.  In the following two seasons, Happ became a very dependable and underrated SP 3 as he logged ERA's of 3.18 and 3.53 from 2016-17 respectively and even though he has struggled of late, his current 4.18 ERA was inflated due to a rough July.  What is doubly interesting here is that Happ is striking out batters at a career-best 10.26 K/9 rate and he is keeping walks down as well which show up in both FIP (3.84) and XFIP (3.63) that are lower than his actual ERA due to an unlucky .284 BABIP.  Going to Yankee Stadium is certainly a negative but operating the last few seasons in Rogers Center was no picnic either.  Happ remains a decent SP 3/4 who will now have a chance for more wins on the Yanks.  


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