NY acquired James Paxton from the Mariners on Monday in exchange for left-hander Justus Sheffield, the organization's No. 1 pitching prospect, and minor league right-hander Erik Swanson and outfielder Dom Thompson-Williams.
The 30-year-old left-hander, who tossed a no-hitter on May 8 against the Toronto Blue Jays, joined the Yankees in exchange for minor-league pitchers Erik Swanson and Justus Sheffield and outfielder Dom Thompson-Williams.
Paxton went 11-6 with a 3.76 ERA last season. He struck out 208 and walked 42 in a career-high 160 1/3 innings, allowing 23 home runs. The lefty has a career 41-26 record, a 3.42 ERA, 617 strikeouts and 168 walks in 582.1 innings pitched during six Major League Baseball seasons.
Paxton enters arbitration year three this offseason. He'll be a free agent in 2021.
A proud Canadian born in a fishing village in the suburbs of Vancouver, British Columbia, Paxton is also known for keeping his composure as a bald eagle mistakenly landed on his shoulder prior to a start at Minnesota in April.
"Clearly we've opted 2019 be a year that we take a step back hoping to take two forward", general manager Jerry Dipoto said. "I'm talking about high-end and elite, as close to elite as we can get".
In return, Seattle picks up a top-end pitching prospect in that of Sheffield. In 88 Triple-A innings last season, Sheffield had a 2.56 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 84 strikeouts in 88 innings.
Sheffield had just finished playing golf when he saw Cashman's number on his cell phone. He pitched 121 2/3 total innings last season overall and was rated among the top 25 prospects in the Yankees organization by MLB.com. "They're always expecting to win, just like I do".
Thompson-Williams was a junior when he played for the Gamecocks in 2016.
"We need multiple starting pitchers", Cashman said last week. The left-hander will be a huge bargain for NY, having earned just $4.9 million in 2018. "So I don't have a new secret formula to address predictability on who will thrive and survive and who won't here in NY".