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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 injury news: Greg Bird to be activated from DL

Following Friday night's tough loss against Seattle, the Yankees announced that 1B/OF Tyler Austin was being optioned to Triple-A Scranton. The corresponding move was confirmed by Scranton/Wilkes-Barre manager Al Pedrique that Greg Bird would return to the Bronx, and could be in the lineup on Saturday.
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Bird last appeared in a game on May 1 before an injured foot flared up from when he fouled a ball off it on the last game of Spring Training. That injury played a key role in Bird's 6-for-60 start to the season with just one homer and three RBIs.

Bird has endured some setbacks in his long road back from his injury that decimated his confidence.

However, Bird has been on an absolute tear in his rehab stint regaining that confidence at the plate. During his rehab stint, Bird went 11-for-26 (.423) with three homers, six RBIs, two doubles, and four walks.

For now, Bird should see regular appearances at first base and DH with Chase Headley and Todd Frazier also rotating in and out at third, first, and DH. The Yankees are hoping Bird can provide a spark like he did in 2015 when he was called up.

Article by: Chad Raines