It was reported last night that the New York Yankees have acquired James Paxton from the Seattle Mariners. James Paxton is a 30-year-old left-hander from Ladner, BC, Canada. And just the reinforcements the Yankees need.
Source: James Paxton has been traded to the New York Yankees.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 19, 2018
Paxton deal to Yankees is for Sheffield, OF Don Thompson-Williams and RHP Erik Swanson.
— Corey Brock (@CoreyBrockMLB) November 19, 2018
The Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman has been clear all offseason long that pitching was the priority. And while the offseason has been pretty quiet to this point in the year. And the acquisition of Paxton allows the Yanks to now make just one free agent starting pitcher signing instead of two.
Cashman Strikes Again
Brian Cashman has done it again and pulled off a trade of epic proportions. In dealing from an area of great strength (prospects), Cashman has been able to help fortify the entire pitching staff. And also gain leverage in his pursuit of additional pitching help. The addition of Paxton allows Brian Cashman to say to other possible trade partners “listen I no longer need your ace, I have three of my own. But if you wanna take this deal we can talk.”
It also gives Cash leverage against free agent starters like Patrick Corbin, JA Happ, and Dallas Keuchel, both of whom have expressed interest in pitching for the Yankees. This means the Yankees now have the upper hand in negotiations not just for starters but relievers as well.
Reinforcing The Infield
After the Paxton trade was finalized reports that discussions for Jean Segura were also being had for potential inclusion in the deal. However, those parts in the negotiation were abandoned as the prospect price would have been very high. But the Bronx Bombers can not bolster the infield depth with someone without the price tag of a Manny Machado.
Players like Marwin Gonzalez and Jose Iglesias are two extremely viable options for the Yankees to look into. As both players are more than capable of handling the shortstop position in Didi’s absence. As well as if Didi can return this season, provide depth for a long run into October and November.
Paxton Trade All Around Positive
While the Yankees did have to part way with top prospect Justus Sheffield and two other prospects. The Yanks now have two seasons of control with an established Major League starting pitcher. Sheffield was still developing and struggled with command issues all through his time in the Minor Leagues. Brian Cashman was able to pull off another masterful trade. In which the Yankees were able to deal from depth. As Erik Swanson was going to have to be added to the 40-Man roster tomorrow if he was to be protected from the Rule 5 draft.
This allowed the Yankees more maneuverability with the roster. Along with establishing a strong three-headed rotational attack as presently constructed. The Yankees’ General Manager Brian Cashman set out to add two “Elite” starters to his pitching rotation. And now he’s got one down and one to go.