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An All-Star Pitcher Is Reportedly "Close" To Being Traded

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DETROIT - APRIL 02: A member of the Detroit Tigers grips a baseball in the dugout against the Toronto Blue Jays during the Home Opener for the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on April 2, 2007 in Detroit, Michigan. Toronto won 5-3 in ten innings. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The countdown is on to the MLB trade deadline. The deadline, as always, is July 31. That's next Tuesday.

Last night, the top reliever left on the market, Baltimore Orioles closer Zach Britton, was traded to the New York Yankees. Now, one of the best available starting pitchers might be on the move shortly.

According to a new report from MLB.com's Mark Feinsand, Toronto Blue Jays lefthander J.A. Happ is "close" to being moved. Happ was recently selected to his first All-Star Game.

The 35-year-old Happ is a free agent at the end of the season, so he is a rental for whatever team acquires him. Interestingly, the Yankees have been one of the teams linked closely to Happ recently. Last night, Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweeted that the Yankees were still looking for a starter, even after adding Britton to the bullpen.

Happ's career has taken off in Toronto the last three seasons. He went 20-4 in 2016, finishing sixth in the Cy Young voting. Last year, he fell to 10-11 but with a solid 3.53 ERA.

This year, Happ is 10-6 so far with a 4.18 ERA. He made the All-Star Game, but has struggled a bit lately.

We'll update you on any potential Happ trades.