The Astros are among the teams talking to the Mariners about acquiring Yankees trade target James Paxton, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, who says the market is "active."
Rosenthal reported on Friday that the Yankees had spoken to the Mariners about acquiring Paxton.
The 30-year-old Paxton, who made $4.9 million in 2018 and is arbitration-eligible in 2019 (when he is projected to earn $9 million) and 2020, had a 3.76 ERA (3.24 FIP) and 1.09 WHIP with 208 strikeouts in a career-high 160.1 innings this past season.
Paxton's strikeout rate (11.68 per 9) was the best of his career, as his average fastball velocity was 95.4 MPH (identical to his 2017 average fastball velocity), and his cutter and curve also ticked up a bit.
One negative to Paxton's 2018 season: the homers. He allowed a career-high 1.29 per 9, which was a career-worst by far and more than double his home run rate of 2017.
In addition to Paxton, the Yankees are interested in acquiring high-end starting pitchers Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco, with the Yanks having met with the Indians at the GM Meetings.
Other starting pitchers on the free agent market include known Yankees target Patrick Corbin, Dallas Keuchel, Nathan Eovaldi, and Yusei Kikuchi. Also out there is J.A. Happ, who the Yankees are interested in a reunion with.
"I'm interested in adding more than one pitcher," GM Brian Cashman said Monday. "I think I need to add multiples. If I can do so, we'll see. ... I'm not going to say who and when but we will make sure we check every box in terms of what's available and the cost associated with what's available in both marketplaces, free agency and trades," he said.
Since making the above statement, the Yankees re-signed CC Sabathia to a one-year deal. Sabathia, along with Luis Severino and Masahiro Tanaka, will likely make up three fifths of New York's starting rotation.