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Breaking: Yankees acquire LHP James Paxton in exchange for LHP Justus Sheffield, RHP Erik Swanson, and OF Dom Thompson-Williams

The Yankees have made their first splash of the offseason by acquiring the Big Maple, James Paxton, from the Seattle Mariners. Fresh off his second-consecutive season at the top of the Mariner’s rotation, Paxton did not come cheap as the Yankees traded away their top prospect, Justus Sheffield, along with breakout prospects Erik Swanson and Dominic Thompson-Williams.

Yankees recall RHP Ben Heller from Triple-A, option RHP Domingo German

After the Yankees announced that Masahiro Tanaka would have his scheduled Sunday start pushed back to Monday, the Yankees announced that RHP Domingo German would be called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for Sunday's game. Most people, including Yankees media personnel, thought the roster move was made for German to make a spot start for the struggling Tanaka, but Joe Girardi elected to go with Chad Green. However, German was used on Sunday, and in an expected move, the Yankees PR has announced that he will be going back to Triple-A on Sunday, with Ben Heller being called up as the corresponding roster move.
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Heading into Sunday's game, Green stated he could give the Yanks "a little more than 45 pitches," and that’s exactly what he did. After 2+ innings and 52 pitches, Green was pulled.

In a game dominated by long relief, German saw the most action. He delivered 2.2 innings in relief and was very impressive. Scattering just two hits, his Major League debut was a success. But, the Yanks will let him develop a little more in Triple-A, using one of his minor league options as many expected.

Heller is the owner of a very respectable 2.60 ERA with the Triple-A squad in 27.2 innings pitched this season. Last season, he threw seven innings with the Yanks, allowing five earned runs. He has explosive stuff with a high 90's fastball and plus slider and seems to have improved since last season. He was one of the most impressive Yankee relievers in Spring Training this year with his 0.68 ERA, 12 strikeouts, and .200 BAA against in 13.1 innings.

Heller could make a huge impact right away in the bullpen. Expect to see him early in the Angels series, as the Yanks rolled out five different arms on Sunday in the series finale against the O’s.

Article by: Noah Clement