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Report: Yankees have 'soft interest' in trading for Andrew McCutchen

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Report: Yankees have 'soft interest' in trading for Andrew McCutchen

Is Andrew McCutchen Big Apple bound?

The Yankees have "soft interest" in the Giants' outfielder, a source told Mark Feinsand of MLB.com.

The trade deadline is today at 1pm PT.

Over 104 games this season, McCutchen is hitting .258 with 10 home runs and 43 RBI.

The 31-year old will become an unrestricted free agent this winter.

The Yankees aren't the only team looking into McCutchen, as Jon Paul Morosi of MLB.com wrote:

McCutchen may be a stronger trade candidate than (Adam) Jones in the hours leading up to Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline. The Yankees, Phillies and Indians have varying levels of interest in acquiring the 31-year-old former National League Most Valuable Player Award winner, sources said on Monday.

Stay tuned as this story will surely develop over the next couple of hours...

J.A. Happ traded to Yankees; ex-A's draft pick goes to Blue Jays

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J.A. Happ traded to Yankees; ex-A's draft pick goes to Blue Jays

Update (1:10 p.m.): The Yankees officially acquired left-handed pitcher J.A. Happ from the Blue Jays for Brandon Drury and Billy McKinney.

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The rich get richer. On Thursday, the Yankees reportedly made an in-division trade to acquire a needed arm to their starting rotation. 

According to multiple national reports, the Yankees are adding lefty J.A. Happ. In return, the Yankees are sending the Blue Jays infielder Brandon Drury and prospect Billy McKinney. 

Happ, 35, was named to the All-Star Game for the first time this season. Through 20 starts, Happ is 10-6 with a 4.18 ERA and has 130 strikeouts in 114 innings pitched. He will be a free agent at the end of the year. 

McKinney, 23, originally was drafted by the A's No. 24 overall in the 2013 MLB Draft. Oakland then traded him to the Chicago Cubs with Addison Russell, Dan Straily and cash in exchange for Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija in 2014. Two years later, McKinney was traded from the Cubs to the Yankees. 

McKinney made his MLB debut this season with the Yankees, going 1-for-4 in two games played. McKinney is batting just .227 this season in Triple-A but has 13 home runs. 

Drury is just 25 years old and under team control for three more seasons. He has appeared in just 18 games with the Yankees this season and hit a lowly .176. In two seasons prior with the D'backs, Drury hit .275 with 29 home runs. 

The Yankees currently are 5.5 games behind the Red Sox in the AL East and 5.5 ahead of the A's for the top wild card spot. 

Former Giants closer plays 3B for Rays, records save vs Yankees

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Former Giants closer plays 3B for Rays, records save vs Yankees

With a one-run lead in the top of the ninth inning against the Yankees, the Rays brought in lefty reliever Jonny Venters to face Greg Bird. This all makes sense as Bird struggles mightily against left-handed pitching. What comes next is where the story really starts. 

Venters replaced Forever Giant Sergio Romo on the mound after Romo faced Giancarlo Stanton and Gleyber Torres in the eighth. Except instead of walking back to the dugout, Romo stopped at third base. Literally. 

Romo replaced fellow Forever Giant Matt Duffy at third base and Duffy slid over to shortstop. After Venters got Bird to ground out, Romo was then back on the mound with Duffy going back to third base. 

Once he was back on the bump, Romo made the final two outs of the game and earned his 12th save of the season. 

Stay weird, Rays.