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?