James Paxton
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Seattle Mariners lefty James Paxton is up for grabs, and New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman is one of the MLB executives circling like birds of prey.

When a bald eagle landed on James Paxton in early April 2018, it was a perfect foreshadowing of things to come.

FOX reporter Ken Rosenthal reported that the New York Yankees are just one of the suitors inquiring about the Seattle Mariners’ talented starter.

Paxton won’t come cheap.

According to ESNY’s Dan Federico, one MLB front-office member said the price for Paxton could include players like Miguel Andujar, Estevan Florial and Justus Sheffield.

“The Mariners will start with Andujar or Florial,” the executive said. “[I] think the Yankees deny them there like the [sic] did with Gerrit Cole. Sheffield will be a definite. Albert Abreu could be in play, too.”

Other familiar names from the Yankees farm system could enter the conversation as well. Clint Frazier and Chance Adams will be near the top of many teams’ wish lists.

The 30-year-old Paxton put up solid numbers in 2018, finishing at 11-6 with a 3.76 ERA and a 1.098 WHIP. He also threw a no-hitter in early May.

What has many teams salivating is Paxton’s ability to make opposing hitters swing and miss. The Canada native tossed just 160.1 innings in 2018, but he still struck out 208 batters.

Paxton isn’t the only potential Bombers trade target.

The Yankees have two rotation spots left to fill this offseason, and Brian Cashman seems to be looking at possible trades before committing to free agents like Patrick Corbin and Dallas Keuchel.

The Cleveland Indians are shopping Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco, which has drawn interest from New York.

San Francisco Giants’ ace Madison Bumgarner has also been mentioned in rumors, and the Yankees could even consider signing Japanese import Yusei Kikuchi.

It’s no secret that the Yankees priority this offseason is starting pitching, and teams will ask for a ton.

It’ll be interesting to see just how far Cashman and his cronies are willing to go to get the arms they need.

Freelance editor and writer, and full-time Yankees fan. Originally from Monticello, NY, but now lives in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.