Yankees Trade Top Prospect, 2 others for Mariners’ Ace
The New York Yankees came into the offseason seeking starting pitching, and GM Brian Cashman made it clear that was their main focus since their season came to an end. With no clear ace on the free agent market, Cashman did his due dilligence and made statements regarding acquiring a starter via trade. Along with the Seattle Mariniers, the Cleveland Indians also made public that they were open to trades to anyone on their roster and with plenty of pitching, Cashman made sure to strike fast to better the Yankees’ roster.
Mariners Receive: Justus Sheffield, Erik Swanson and Dom Thompson-Williams
The Mariners receive the Yankees’ top prospect, Justus Sheffield, who went 5-4, with a 2.56 ERA over 88 inning and even got his feet wet pitching against the Red Sox in relief, albeit across an underwhelming 2.2 innings, allowing 3 runs, and 3 walks. Along with the lefty pitcher, is Erik Swanson, 25, the Yankees’ 22nd overall prospect who performed well to a tune of a 3.86 ERA over 72.1 innings at the Triple-A level. Lastly is Dom Thompson-Williams just 21 years, a high upside centerfielder with a combination of speed and pop, playing well in the minors, hitting to a tune of .299, along with 22 HR, 74 RBI and 20 SB.
The Mariners probably had another offer by the Yankees consisiting of better package of prospects without Sheffield’s inclusion. But he was presumably the Mariners’ prize target in exchange for Paxton and can come in and compete for a spot in the rotation this upcoming season. Along with the motive of help for right now (Sheffield, Swanson), and future upside (Thompson-Williams).
Yankees Receive: James Paxton
The Yankees have long been interested in LHP James Paxton, 30, who went 11-6, along with a 3.76 ERA and 3.23 FIP. This past season Paxton also posted career highs in SO/9 with 11.7 and 160.1 innings. Paxton who has dealt with injury issues throughout his career was able to stay on the mound and make 28 starts, showing everyone he’s capable of being a front-line starter when healthy.
Trading away Sheffield may seem tough for a lot of Yankees fans to deal with given his dominance since being acquired from the Indians across the minors. Not to mention all the hype built around him, and getting a snippet of him on the mound against the Boston Red Sox. But remember, the Yankees acquired Paxton for his dominance, but also that he is artbitration eligible for two more seasons, and will be had for his age 30 and 31 season. Not to mention that Jordan Montgomery, only 25 (tunring 26 on December 27), will be back at some point next season, and went 6-6, with a 3.62 ERA over 27.1 innings before undergoing Tommy John surgery.
So who do you think won this trade, Yankees or Mariners? Comment below!
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