Former Gamecock outfielder dealt by Yankees in trade with Seattle
Nov 22 2018
Despite having surrendered the organization's top pitching prospect in Justus Sheffield in the deal for Paxton, Cashman has not ruled out making another trade for a starter, but most people in the industry expect the Yankees to turn their attention even more to the free-agent market, where they have targeted Patrick Corbin and J.A. Happ, two more southpaws who could slot into the rotation.
The Yankees gave up Justus Sheffield, Erik Swanson and Dom Thompson-Williams for Paxton.
In his one game at Yankee Stadium, Paxton entered with a 10-start unbeaten streak and allowed two-run homers to Aaron Judge and Miguel Andujar in the first inning of a 4-3 loss on June 21 this year.
The Mets are likely less interested in what the Yankees received than in what they sacrificed. Also, Sonny Gray is still on the trade block. But remember, the Yankees acquired Paxton for his dominance, but also that he is artbitration eligible for two more seasons, and will be had for his age 30 and 31 season.
Seattle chose to rebuild after going 89-73 and finishing third in the AL West, 14 games behind division-winning Houston and six back of Oakland.
"Clearly we've opted 2019 be a year that we take a step back hoping to take two forward", general manager Jerry Dipoto said. He signed with the team a year later, and made his Major League Baseball debut in September 2013. He was the Yankees minor league system's leader in home runs (22) and Runs Batted In (74).
Sheffield had just finished playing golf when he saw Cashman's number on his cell phone. Corbin is coming off a very good season for the Diamondbacks (3.15 ERA, 246 strikeouts in 200 innings), but he's hardly done anything to prove he can be relied upon as anything more than a mid-rotation starter. Swanson had 78 strikeouts and 14 walks in 72 1/3 innings in Triple-A. Last season was close to his first full-time campaign, at least.
"I think both of them are going to compete for a spot in the rotation", Dipoto said. The left-hander will be a huge bargain for NY, having earned just $4.9 million in 2018.
Thompson-Williams was a junior when he played for the Gamecocks in 2016. Thompson-Williams also showed his speed along the base path this season with 20 stolen bases in 29 attempts. "We just try to ask a lot of questions about how they compete".
"I think he'll be good in NY and I'm not too concerned about the homers, but it's something to keep an eye on, " one talent evaluator said.