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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.

Brandon Drury reinstated and optioned to Triple-A

After spending a month on the DL with a lingering headache problem, Brandon Drury has been activated and optioned down to Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre. Acquired from the Diamondbacks this offseason, Drury's injury forced him out of a spot early in the season.

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The former Diamondback utility infielder was five-for-23 (.217) in eight games the first few weeks of the seasons with one homer and four RBIs. His demotion may be a bit surprising to some, but after Neil Walker has picked up his play recently there’s not much of a spot for Drury. To go along with Walker, the Yanks have Ronald Torreyes, Gleyber Torres, and Miguel Andujar in the infield, who have all excelled. The next causality that will likely be optioned down to Triple-A is Tyler Austin, once Greg Bird returns to action.

Drury’s spot on the big league roster became taken once Torres and Andujar were called up, but if there’s any injury in the meantime, expect Drury to be called up immediately. His flexibility could still be valuable to the Yanks roster.

Article by: Spencer Schultz