Atkins did not budge, and a day later it was Cashman who blinked, trading for Happ despite a price tag that rival executives considered to be a clear overpay for a rental. Another evaluator insisted that Drury alone should have been enough.
The rotation has been the Yankees' most glaring weakness this season.
The Yankees, who now trail the absurdly good Red Sox by 5.5 games in the AL East, may have paid a fair bit to acquire Happ and Zach Britton, all so they have a slightly better chance of winning a coin flip Wild Card Game.
Here's a closer look at the newest additions to the Blue Jays' organization... While the addition of Drury further complicates the Blue Jays' already-crowded infield mix, Atkins noted that the best organizations have a surplus of MLB-calibre contributors.
In 57 plate appearances at the Major League Baseball level this year, he's hit just.176/.263/.275, but he fared better at triple-A, hitting.294/.403/.447 in 233 total plate appearances with Scranton before re-joining the Yankees in July. He has a $621,900 salary and has 2 years, 99 days of major league service, making it possible he could be eligible for salary arbitration for the first time next winter. He went on the disabled list after the team's eighth game because of blurred vision and migraines, and he lost his job to rookie Miguel Andujar.
During his limited big league time this season Drury hit.176/.263/.275 (50 wRC+) with one home run in 18 games while playing first, second, and third bases. The Dallas, Texas, native was acquired by the Yankees along with RHP Adam Warren, INF Gleyber Torres and OF Rashad Crawford from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for LHP Aroldis Chapman on July 25, 2016. He has shown solid power at triple-A dating back to previous year, with 23 home runs in 109 total games at the minors' highest level.
McKinney is the intriguing piece coming back to the Blue Jays.
McKinney appeared in two games at Rogers Centre this season but crashed hard into the left-centre field wall on March 31, injuring his left shoulder.
McKinney, an outfielder in the Yankees system whose progress has been stunted by the Bronx Bombers depth at the position. NY started the day 5 1/2 games behind Boston in the American League East Division but are well in front of the rest of the league for the first wild-card spot. He missed the month of April before returning to action May 5.