The Yankees are interested in acquiring Blue Jays lefty J.A. Happ, according to a report from MLB Network’s Jon Morosi.
According to the report, the Mariners join New York in zeroing in on the southpaw, who is 8-3 in 14 starts this season with a 3.48 ERA.
The Yankees’ interest in Happ likely stems from their division-rival Red Sox’s performance against left-handed pitchers, according to Morosi. Boston leads the MLB with an .813 OPS against right-handers but only .672 against lefties.
The Yankees are in dire need of pitching depth with Jordan Montgomery out for the season after having Tommy John surgery and Masahiro Tanaka on the disabled list. Furthermore, Sonny Gray and Domingo German have been wildly inconsistent this season and New York had to resort to calling up Jonathan Loaisiga from Double-A Trenton Thunder for a start last week.
It was widely believed New York GM Brian Cashman would make a play for a pitcher before the trade deadline July 31. Although it’s unlikely he’ll give up rookies Gleyber Torres or Miguel Andujar, the Yankees have enough depth in the minors to acquire a serviceable starting pitcher.
Cashman will have some competition for Happ, however. According to a report from The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo, the Yankees are one of six teams interested in Happ, a group which includes the Dodgers, Diamondbacks, Rockies, Braves and Phillies. Cafardo didn’t include the Mariners in the list of possible suitors, however.