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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.

MLB Trade Rumors: Yankees are interested in LHP JA Happ


MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reported yesterday morning that the Yankees and the Seattle Mariners are expressing interest in Toronto’s 35-year-old LHP, JA Happ. With the Yankees' obvious need for a starting pitcher, this news comes as no surprise.
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Happ, amid his third consecutive solid season in Toronto, has been a rumored trade candidate in the early going of trade talks due to Toronto’s slim playoff chances and his contract that expires at the conclusion of the 2018 season. Happ has posted a 3.48 ERA in 14 starts to go along with a solid 1.07 WHIP and 10.2 K/9.

He would fit well into the Yankees rotation as he would be another southpaw option and has pitched in ten postseason games in his career. He is making a manageable 13 million dollars this season, so adding the remainder of his contract would not put the Yankees over the luxury tax.

The main issue with Happ, other than the fact that he is getting older, is that the Blue Jays may not be willing to trade within their own division, and the Yankees may not want to deal solid minor league players to a team they play 18 times a season.

Article by: Ryan Thoms

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