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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.

Tommy Kahnle to 10-day DL, Luis Cessa recalled

Prior to the series finale against the Marlins, the Yankees have placed Tommy Kahnle on the 10-day DL with right shoulder tendonitis. In response, the Yanks recalled right-handed journeyman Luis Cessa back up from Triple-A. 

 Kahnle had been struggling lately and overall this season including a noticed drop in velocity, which is now explained. In six outings accumulating 7.1 innings, the righty has a 6.14 ERA while giving up eight walks. His WHIP of 1.64 has concerned Yankee fans and the reason of his struggles has now came out.  Hopefully just a minor injury, Kahnle’s presence will certainly be missed in the already struggling bullpen. Cessa’s appeared in two outings in 2018 so far, not allowing a base runner across two innings. 

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Per Aaron Boone, Kahnle's initial test results came back clean so the team thinks this will be a short DL stint where hopefully just rest will get Kahnle back to form.

Article by: Spencer Schultz