With the trade deadline less than two weeks away, playoff contenders all around baseball are heading to division cellars looking for pitching help down the stretch.
One popular trade target, Blue Jays lefty JA Happ, had scouts from the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, and Los Angeles Dodgers attend his latest start at Rogers Centre in Toronto.
Happ did not earn a decision in Toronto's 5-4 comeback win over the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday, but he pitched five innings of one run ball. Giving up four hits, he walked none and struck out nine on 102 pitches. Happ was not extremely efficient on Sunday, but he did his job and increased his trade value in the process.
On the year, Happ is 10-6 with a 4.18 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in 114.0 innings pitched, striking out 130 batters. The Toronto left hander is having a mediocre year, yet somehow made the American League All-Star team.
The Red Sox, Yankees, and Dodgers could all use some help in their rotations for the second half of the season. Boston has been without lefty Drew Pomeranz or knuckleballer Steven Wright for most of the season, with only Chris Sale and David Price giving them adequate seasons as starters thus far.
Starting pitching has long been seen as the Yankees' biggest weakness, and that sense has only grown with Sonny Gray's struggles and Jordan Montgomery's season-ending injury. Clayton Kershaw has been on the disabled list twice for the Dodgers this season, as their best starter has been All-Star righty Ross Stripling.
While he is not worth giving up top prospects for, Happ could provide some solid rotation depth for any three of these suitors.