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The Yankees Have Reportedly Finalized A Trade For An All-Star Pitcher

A general view of Yankees Stadium

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: A general view as the national anthem is performed before Game Three of the American League Championship Series between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on October 16, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)

The action is heating up as we get closer to next week's MLB trade deadline. The New York Yankees have just made a big move for starting pitching.

The Yankees are going within their own division to acquire Toronto Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ. Happ was selected to the All-Star Game this season, though he has struggled of late.

The Cubs, Phillies and Brewers were all reported to be involved for Happ, but the Yankees won out in the end.

Jon Morosi of FOX Sports and the MLB Network was the first to report that the trade has been finalized.

It is thought that Yankees infielder Brandon Drury is the key piece heading North. Drury was acquired to be the Yankees' starting third baseman this season but missed time early in the season due to migraines and vision problems. While he rehabbed, Miguel Andujar seized the spot, leaving Drury without a true role.

The Yankees are in dire need of a starter. They have Luis Severino as their ace, but behind him things are sketchy. Masahiro Tanaka is coming off a complete game shutout over the Tampa Bay Rays, but missed a month due to injury and has had home run issues. C.C. Sabathia has been solid, but is 38 and usually doesn't go deep into games when he starts.

Sonny Gray has been an abject disappointment, and the revolving door of fifth starters (Jonathan Loaisiga, Luis Cessa and Domingo German) has been underwhelming. Jordan Montgomery, the fifth starter at the beginning of the year, was lost due to Tommy John Surgery in April.

Happ is 35, and a rental, but New York is hoping his veteran presence will help down the stretch.