Yankees Acquire James Paxton from the Mariners

The New York Yankees have made their first splash of the offseason season, trading for the Mariners James Paxton. The Bombers trade three prospects headlined by Justus Sheffield.

Paxton, a hard throwing lefty, will bolster the starting rotation that already includes Luis Severino and Masahiro Tanaka. The trade for Paxton doesn’t come without a risk, as Paxton has never thrown over 200 innings or gone more than 28 starts in a season. Paxton has tremendous upside if he can stay healthy and gives the Yankees another power pitcher.

In return the Mariners get Justus Sheffield, the Yankees left-handed prize prospect, who has top end rotation stuff but is not ready for majors. The M’s also acquire Erik Swanson a righty who was out of options in the Yankees organization and outfielder Dom Thompson.

Does this trade by the Mariners signify a re-build is underway? Are there more trades in Mariners future?

Good trade by both sides and we will see in a few years who really won this trade.

What are your thoughts on the trade?

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