The New York Yankees have been concerned within the first main deal of the offseason, buying and selling for Seattle Mariners left-handed pitcher James Paxton on Monday. Heading again to Seattle is top-rated Yankees prospect Justus Sheffield, one other hard-throwing southpaw.
What does the deal imply from a fantasy perspective? ESPN Fantasy’s Eric Karabell, Tristan H. Cockcroft and AJ Mass weigh in.
The Mariners and Yankees accomplished a trade Monday that sends ace left-hander James Paxton to New York for 3 prospects, together with top-rated lefty Justus Sheffield.
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Karabell: Paxton to the Yankees looks like a sensible transfer for them and the rebuilding Mariners. Paxton’s fantasy worth is about the identical, as he’s shifting to a extra hitter-friendly park, however will get higher offensive help. Overcoming damage is one other factor. He nonetheless hasn’t pitched 165 innings in a season, so he’s extra of a quantity danger than most within the high 20 hurlers. The headliner to Seattle is Sheffield and he ought to get a legit probability, however he isn’t Walker Buehler as rookies go and the Mariners aren’t the Dodgers. Search for the Mariners to transfer others this offseason, as nicely.
Cockcroft: I will dial Paxton again a spot or two in my SP rankings — absolutely behind Buehler — after his trade to the Yankees due to the park components, as he provides up a superb quantity of fly balls, however that is hardly dangerous for his worth. It simply makes a sub-Three ERA a bit of harder. Sturdiness is de facto the one remaining impediment to his being a top-10 fantasy SP. Justus Sheffield is the winner of this trade for fantasy, not just because Safeco Discipline might be a neater park wherein to pitch, however as a result of the deal itself cements the Mariners’ rebuilding angle. His possibilities of a 20-plus-start MLB season absolutely enhance.
Mass: Transferring from Seattle to New York is just about a wash for Paxton in phrases of fantasy worth. I might anticipate just a few extra hits and runs allowed, but additionally just a few extra potential wins given the energy of the lineup that may now be supporting him – the Yankees scored 174 extra runs final season than the Mariners. That stated, his ERA by the primary three innings of video games final season was four.60, so I am unsure the added run help will enable him to final any deeper into outings than he is carried out up to now. New uniform, identical pitcher.