MLB: Yankees Trade for James Paxton

On Monday afternoon, the New York Yankees bolstered their rotation by acquiring Seattle Mariners left-hander James Paxton.

Paxton is coming off a season in which he went 11-6 with a 3.76 earn run average with 208 strikeouts and a WHIP of 1.098. On May 9, Paxton threw the sixth no-hitter in Mariners history in his native land of Canada against the Blue Jays.

Going to the Mariners in return the Yankees top prospect left-hander Justus Sheffield who went 7-6 last season with a 2.48 earned run average 123 strikeouts in 116 innings pitched between Double-A Trenton Thunder and Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre.  A September call-up to the big league club, he pitched in three games for the Yankees with a 0-0 record with a 10.13 earned run average.

Also going to the Mariners in the Paxton deal from the Yankees is Dom Thompson-Williams. The Single-A outfielder hit .299 last season with the Charleston River Dogs and Tampa Tarpons connecting on 22 homers and 74 runs batted in for the two ball clubs.

The final player in the four-player deal is Erik Swanson, a right-handed pitcher who was 8-2 last season between Trenton, Staten Island, and Scranton Wilkes-Barre. Swanson posted a 2.66 earned run average with 139 strikeouts in 121 innings pitched between the three Yankee minor league affiliates.

Winner – The Yankees

The Yankees were able to bolster the rotation, an area of need of help by adding Paxton to the rotation that already features the likes of Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia. Adding Paxton means adding a pitcher who is under team control for two more years. This trade will give the Yankees the financial flexibility to go out and try to land another top started to bolster the rotation even more.

Loser – The Mariners

Losing Paxton and adding the unknown of Sheffield and two other prospects is always a risk. There is a silver lining for Seattle, adding two young pitchers to an older rotation could very well prove to be beneficial in the long run.

Paxton will be another arm in the Yankees rotation that could help them track down the Red Sox next season something they lacked during the 2018 season. The Mariners will use this trade and build up the farm system to brighten the future down the line in the upper northwest.


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