The deal: The Yankees purchase LHP James Paxton from the Mariners for LHP Justus Sheffield, RHP Erik Swanson and OF Dom Thompson-Williams.
The Mariners and Yankees accomplished a commerce 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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Why the Yankees did it: Wanting to bolster a rotation that ranked fifth within the American League in ERA in 2018, the Yankees added one of many premier left-handed pitchers within the majors — and one of many few high quality starters out there on the commerce market. Paxton had the second-highest fastball velocity amongst lefty starters in 2018, behind solely Cy Younger winner Blake Snell, whereas going 11-6 with a three.76 ERA and 208 strikeouts in 160 1/three innings. His strikeout charge of 32.2 p.c ranked fifth amongst all pitchers with at the very least 100 innings and his three.40 ERA over the previous two seasons ranks 22nd amongst pitchers with at the very least 250 innings.
When he is on, he’ll simply blow the fastball previous hitters, jam right-handed batters with a cutter and pile up strikeouts together with his curveball. He had a 16-strikeout recreation (in seven innings) and a no-hitter in back-to-back begins in early Could. There isn’t any doubt the standard of Paxton’s stuff, however the knock in opposition to him is his sturdiness. He is by no means certified for an ERA title and people 160 innings and 28 begins in 2018 had been each profession highs.
His accidents have principally been of the nagging sort; he had a brief DL stint in August after getting hit on the forearm by a line drive after which missed a pair begins in September with a virus. His conditioning has been questioned and his house run charge did spike from zero.6 per 9 innings in 2017 to 1.three in 2018, which largely explains the rise in ERA from 2.98 to three.76. After a gradual begin in April (5.12 ERA), he had a three.43 ERA the remainder of the season whereas holding batters to a .219/.260/.375 line.