After several reports and rumors that the Yankees were interested in Mariners lefty James Paxton, Brian Cashman has reportedly pulled the trigger on a deal that brings The Big Maple to the Bronx, according to Jeff Passan.
Source: James Paxton has been traded to the New York Yankees.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 19, 2018
According to Corey Brock, the Yankees will give up three players for Paxton, including top prospect Justus Sheffield. They’re also parting ways with the organizations No. 21 prospect, Erik Swanson. Don Thompson Williams is listed nowhere in the Yankees’ top 30 prospect list.
Paxton deal to Yankees is for Sheffield, OF Don Thompson-Williams and RHP Erik Swanson.
— Corey Brock (@CoreyBrockMLB) November 19, 2018
Paxton comes to the Bronx having pitched a great season in Seattle, going 11-6 with a 3.76 ERA and a 3.23 FIP. He struck out 208 in 160.1 innings, both career highs. He will provide some much needed stability atop the rotation with Luis Severino.
This does not signal the end of the rotation upgrade for the Yankees, as the organization is still believed to be interested in several other targets, such as Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Patrick Corbin and J.A. Happ, among others.
Big game hunting! https://t.co/qeoZuI2CIb
— Bronx Pinstripes (@BronxPinstripes) November 19, 2018