NEW YORK – That his name is mentioned in the trade discussions in the days before the rage, known as Jan. 31 without giving up, is nothing new to JA Happ.
First, there is the fear of finding out which team wins him and then the logistical part to get to the new team.
Happ experienced both aspects of the trading season and made it to New York on Saturday after weather problems delayed his arrival on Friday from Chicago, and he will make his debut for the Yankees on Sunday afternoon in the final of a four-game series with the Kansas City Royals.
"It was excitement and relief," said Happ on Saturday. "Before the appointment, there were some fears, I thought I could go somewhere, I just did not know where, but what a great place, I'm looking forward to it, I like to compete, and I think it's a stage, which probably has no better stage than here, so I'm really excited. "
Happ will be unlucky after the Yankees have opted for a break from the Saturday night dual peak.
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Happ joins a new team for the fourth time shortly before the end of trading hours. It was traded in 2010 from Philadelphia to Houston, Houston to Toronto in 2012, and Seattle to Pittsburgh in 2015.
"I thought there was a good chance that I would be moved, I did not know where," said Happ. "I just get to it, I've been traded before and I can deal with that part of it, but things are a little different now with the family and stuff. So, the logistics for that was whatever, I was a bit worried about but I am glad that this part is over, and we can somehow continue and I know where I will be. "
After a 7-2 victory with a 1.85 ERA in 11 starts with the Pirates, Happ signed a three-year contract with Toronto. In his second stint with Toronto he was 40-21 in 77 regular season starts.
To get Happ for at least two months, the Yankees Infielder gave up Brandon Drury and outfielder Billy McKinney. It was a price they wanted to pay for a rent because of Happ's record against the AL East, specifically the Boston Red Sox.
Happ went 14-8 against AL East's teams since rejoining the Blue Jays. This season he is 3-3 with a 2.50 ERA in eight starts against division opponents.
"We like the pitcher," Yankees GM Brian Cashman said Thursday shortly after the trade was announced. "We always have, he's a very smart left-hander who has had much success."
Happ is 10-6 with a 4.18 ERA in 20 starts. He comes to the Yankees 0-3 with a 7.41 ERA in his last four starts, but coach Aaron Boone believes the recent results do not point to Happ's track record.
"I'm really excited," said Yankee manager Aaron Boone. "He was a guy I've always been a fan of, in a way I feel he's always been underrated somehow."
Happ picked up a win over the Royals in Toronto on April 18 when he allowed four runs on five goals in six innings in a 15-5 win. Happ is 3-3 with a 4.50 ERA in seven career starts against Kansas City.
Kansas City kicks off Burch Smith, who is 1-1 in a 27-bet with a 5.58 ERA. He is 1-1 with a 6.17 ERA in three starts this season after seven starts for the San Diego Padres in 2013.
Smith scored twice on Tuesday's 5-4 win over the Detroit Tigers as he allowed two runs on one hit, posting season-high 96 pitches in the top 6 1/3 innings.
Smith allowed a run on five strokes in three innings on May 19 in an 8-3 loss to the Yankees in Kansas City.
The Royals will complete the series after selling third-baseman Mike Moustakas to out-team Brett Phillips and right-handed Jorge Lopez to Milwaukee Brewers.
Unlike many teams looking for talent on the lower levels of the lower leagues, the Royals wanted players who were about to reach the majors.
"In this particular deal, we looked for players whom we believe might be in our Major League team this year or next, and that was the main focus," Royals GM Dayton Moore said on Saturday a conference call. "We agreed with that, we did not want to make an offer in this case because we're in the league and we want to reach it.
"We do not like losing games, we do not like where we are with the Major League team, so we want to try to find talents that would help us sooner or later."
There could also be more deals for the royals who have not won a title in three years.
"We always have those memories that we can look back on and continue celebrating," said Kansas City outfielder Alex Gordon. It's a bit different, it's a different atmosphere and a different team, it's tough, but it's just part of the game, we're in recovery mode somehow, so your key pieces are acting like mosses. "