By: Ross Sutton
We are at the point of the season where a significant trade happens almost everyday, and today was certainly no different, as J.A. Happ and Cole Hamels were both traded. Happ was traded to the Yankees by the Blue Jays and Hamels was traded to the Cubs by the Rangers. Side note: all five AL East teams have now made a trade with another team in the division this week. I talked a lot about what a potential J.A. Happ trade would mean for the Yankees in my post about Zach Britton so I’ll focus more on Hamels here. The Yankees sent Brandon Drury and prospect Billy McKinney to Toronto in exchange for Happ. Drury has not performed well in the short periods of time he has been in the majors this year, and McKinney does not seem to be a obvious impact player at the major league level so I would say the Yankees did extremely well in this trade with the Blue Jays. After trading for Britton and Happ, (as long as Aaron Judge’s wrist injury from tonight’s game isn’t too serious) I think the Yankees can catch the Red Sox in the division. The Blue Jays had to deal Happ for whatever they could get, so they did a good job getting some kind of value for an expiring contract. It is a little curious why they would want Drury though, as Vlad Guerrero Jr. looks to be the third baseman of the future in Toronto.
As for the Hamels trade, this is a move the Cubs absolutely had to make, as their starting rotation has been their clear weak spot over the course of the 2018 season. Yu Darvish and Tyler Chatwood have both not worked out for the Cubs so far, so they needed to make a move for another veteran starter. Much like the Blue Jays with J.A. Happ, the Rangers pretty much had to trade Hamels as he is a veteran pitcher with plenty of playoff experience that is still a solid guy for any team’s rotation. The details of this trade have not come out yet, but I can’t imagine the Cubs had to give up much for Hamels, who hasn’t had a very good year so far and still has another year on his contract for $20M. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Rangers are likely to trade more players on the major league roster that have value such as reliever Keone Kela, so stay tuned for more trades that are sure to happen before the 4:00 pm deadline on Tuesday.
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