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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.

Didi Gregorius placed on the 10-day DL, Luke Voit recalled; here is how it affects the everyday lineup


The Yankees officially announced this morning that SS Didi Gregorius will be placed on 10-day DL with a left heel contusion. Luke Voit will take his place on the active roster.
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Losing Sir Didi is a huge blow to an offense that is already without Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez in the middle of the order. While his injury isn't going to sideline him for the long-term, it will still further hurt one of the league's best offenses. His injury will lead to Gleyber Torres shifting over to shortstop, and Neil Walker and Ronald Torreyes taking over at second base. Boone confirmed this is how the infield would play out a few hours ago.

Walker’s increased playing time in the infield will mean one of two things. Either Shane Robinson will become the everyday right fielder, or Stanton will have to try to play through his sore hamstring in the outfield. With three impact bats out, it is very hard to justify jeopardizing Stanton playing in the field when he isn’t 100%. If the Yankees don’t make a move for another outfielder, expect to see a lot of Robinson.

Voit’s call up is a little questionable as it would have made more sense if they brought up the versatile Tyler Wade. Wade has looked solid in the outfield for Scranton and would be a major improvement over Robinson’s bat. The Yankees face two southpaws in the Miami series, so they see Voit as a possibility to start and definitely as pinch-hitter in the later innings.

Article by: Ryan Thoms

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