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Yankees land James Paxton in trade, send top prospect to Mariners

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The Mariners and Yankees completed a trade Monday that sends ace left-hander James Paxton to New York for three prospects, including top-rated lefty Justus Sheffield.cheap official nike nfl jerseys

The other two prospects going to Seattle are outfielder Dom Thompson-Williams and right-handed pitcher Erik Swanson.

Paxton, who turned 30 this month, has spent his entire career with Seattle. He went 11-6 in 28 starts last season with a 3.76 ERA, and his 208 strikeouts ranked ninth in the American League. He threw a no-hitter against the Blue Jays on May 8.

“I couldn’t be more excited about it,” Paxton said Monday. “It’s going to be a fantastic opportunity in New York, always expecting to win, the way I do. I’m looking forward to being a part of a fantastic team.”4

The move bolsters the Yankees’ thin starting rotation, which contributed to New York’s loss in the AL Division Series to the eventual World Series champion Red Sox. He joins a rotation projected to include right-handers Luis Severino and Masahiro Tanaka and left-hander CC Sabathia.

General manager Brian Cashman wants to add at least one more starter, address the shortstop opening created by Didi Gregorius’ elbow surgery and add to his bullpen. He is aggressively pursuing pitching from outside the organization, even after Sonny Gray, who was acquired by the Yankees before the 2017 trade deadline, flamed out with New York, shaken by repeated booing at Yankee Stadium.nfl nike jerseys cheap china

“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. “We just try to ask a lot of questions about how they compete. This environment can bring out a different experience for some. So I don’t have a new secret formula to address predictability on who will thrive and survive and who won’t here in New York.”

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