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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 sign former Blue Jay Adam Lind to minor-league deal

According to Yankees PR, Adam Lind has signed a minor-league contract as well as an invite to spring training. The 34 year-old has spent 12 years in the majors, including four teams in the past four seasons.

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Lind is an interesting pickup that could contend for a spot on the Opening Day roster. The left-hander quietly batted .303 with 14 homers and 59 RBIs for the Nationals last season. Offensively, he’s a solid option as he also slugged .513 and got on base at a clip of .362. His WAR of 1.3 on offense was impressive, though it essentially cancels out the -0.9 defensive WAR he had last season. This move is likely just for depth purposes, as Lind provides decent protection in case anyone gets hurt.

With him being a lefty and the starting first baseman Greg Bird being a left-handed hitter as well, it’s unlikely Lind will make it past spring training. He doesn’t have much competition though, as Tyler Austin is the top choice for that backup first base position currently, so do not be surprised if he surpasses Austin for that role. Lind also played 25 games in the outfield for the Nationals in 2017.

Article by: Spencer Schultz