Published: Tue, November 20, 2018
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Yankees acquire James Paxton in trade with Mariners

Yankees acquire James Paxton in trade with Mariners

The Mariners traded left-handed starter James Paxton to the Yankees for three prospects including left-handed pitcher Justus Sheffield, right-handed pitcher Erik Swanson and outfielder Don-Thompson Williams.

Paxton, who turned 30 earlier this month, went 11-6 with a 3.76 ERA, 208 strikeouts and 1.10 WHIP for the Mariners in 2018, including the first two complete games of his Major League Baseball career, the first of which was a no-hitter in his home country of Canada. He would appear in only eight games, seven starts, for the Thunder amassing a 5-0 record with a microscopic 0.42 ERA in 42 2/3 innings pitched and struck out 55 batters.

The 30-year-old holds a career 41-26 record and a 3.42 lifetime ERA.

Paxton has increased his workload each of the last three seasons, making 28 last season, but he's dealt with lower back and pectoral issues. He'll be a free agent in 2021.

Sheffield had just finished playing golf when he saw Cashman's number on his cell phone.


Sheffield won't turn 23 until May and could become a future anchor to Seattle's rotation. A fourth-round selection by the Mariners in the 2010 MLB Draft who hails from just across the Canadian border in Ladner, British Columbia, Paxton spent six years in the majors with the Mariners, at times showing All-Star-caliber potential but also struggling with various injury woes. He was the Yankees minor league system's leader in home runs (22) and Runs Batted In (74).

Thompson-Williams was a junior when he played for the Gamecocks in 2016.

The AL East arms race between Boston and NY seems to be heating up.

"I can't tell you we've learned anything further other than we drill down as much as we can, whether with players that have played with somebody as teammates that we know or coaches who have coached or people who have managed or anybody, whether it's all the way back in the amateur ranks", Cashman said.

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