The evil empire has made their push.
After a 100 win, but a somehow disappointing season, the New York Yankees have decided they’re going for broke in 2019.
Last night, news broke that the Yankees had acquired James Paxton, one of the most sought-after players on the MLB trade market this offseason, for a trio of minor leaguers, including top prospect Justus Sheffield.
This is only the beginning of the Bronx Bombers’ presumably wild offseason plans.
Since debuting in 2013, Paxton has quietly shaped himself into one of the most reliable left-handed starters in the game today. Although he took a minor step back from his terrific 2017 season, Paxton was still above average in 2018, posting a 3.76 ERA with a WHIP just a touch over 1.000, and mixing in two complete games along the way. One of those complete games happened to be his May 8th no-hitter against the Toronto Blue Jays that was, undoubtedly, one of the highlights for the whole season.
The Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto said earlier this offseason that the club was looking to reimagine the roster while still remaining competitive, and it turns out that this was what he had in mind.
Paxton will join a Yankees squad that has already been tied to Patrick Corbin and is likely to re-sign J.A. Happ. Coupled with a returning CC Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka, and Luis Severino, the Yankees have a pretty formidable rotation headed into the 2019 campaign.
The only real knock on Paxton is his lack of durability, as the most innings he’s ever thrown in his six-year career is 160.1, which he achieved this year. However, given the depth the Yankees will *potentially* have going into next year, they’ll more than likely find a way to work around that.
Perhaps the scariest thing about this is that the Yankees still have an abundance of prospects and a TON of money to play with, so they can easily sign Corbin and trade for another high-end player and still not break the bank entirely.
I’m not sure if this is the beginning of a teardown for the Mariners, as they no longer have their ace, or any pitching at all if we’re being honest, but that statement from Jerry Dipoto rings loudly. The team has just acquired one of the best pitching prospects in all of baseball, as well as two other low-level, but high-ceiling prospects to go along with Sheffield.
The evil empire has reemerged. They won’t stop until they conquer all. Don’t be afraid other 29 MLB franchises, be terrified.
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