MLB trade rumors: Blue Jays’ J.A. Happ to Yankees or Mariners?

It’s no secret the Yankees need starting pitching. Jordan Montgomery is out for the season after having Tommy John surgery. Masahiro Tanaka is on the disabled list with a pair of strained hamstrings. And the Yankees never know what they are going to get on any given day from Sonny Gray and Domingo German.

So GM Brian Cashman will be hunting for arms before the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31st. And while he’s reluctant to give up prized rookies Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar, Cashman has enough depth in the system to make a move for a front-line starter.

A few months ago, comedian Adam Carolla had Harbaugh on his podcast, and the question of a return to the NFL ranks came up. Harbaugh insisted that he’s very happy in Ann Arbor—while simultaneously not saying he had zero interest in going back to the pros.

My goal, really, is that I’d love to coach 100 players here at Michigan to be NFL players. I’d love to win 100 games here. So this is really personal for me, being at Michigan, for us to have great success in football and our youngsters to have great success in the classroom. I grew up here, I went to college here. I just want to have great success here.

Kind of like looking the part of the miserable manager, perhaps.

So faced with opening a spot on their 25-man roster by 1) trading Blake Swihart, whose versatility makes him attractive, 2) optioning Jackie Bradley Jr., also struggling but a strong defensive outfielder, or Brock Holt to Triple-A or 3) putting Eduardo Nunez on the DL, the team opted instead to part ways with Ramirez.

Friday’s move ends a frequently rocky three-plus seasons in Boston in Ramirez’s return as a free agent, signing a four-year, $88 million deal, with the team for which he made his MLB debut in 2005. His best year in Hanley v.2 was 2016, when he emerged as a power force with 30 home runs.

The news overshadowed Pedroia’s activation from the DL for a weekend series at Fenway Park against the Braves.

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