New Yankees starter James Paxton is not the least bit fazed by the challenge of pitching in New York -- and some former Yankees are making sure he feels right at home in The Bronx.
The 30-year-old left-hander, who was acquired in a trade with the Mariners involving Justus Sheffield, actually thinks he will thrive in the bigger spotlight.
"There's a lot more intensity than there was in Seattle, the rivalry with Boston and stuff like that," he said, per the Daily News. "But I'm kinda looking forward to that kind of energy. I feel like I can feed off that energy and it's going to take me to another level, take me in a positive way. I know there's a lot of stories about guys coming in and having troubles, but I think there's an equal number of stories of guys coming in there and doing great."
Paxton will look to make an immediate impact in the Yankees' rotation after tossing two complete games this season -- including a no-hitter -- en route to a 3.76 ERA and career highs in strikeouts (208) and starts (28). His move to New York will mark the first time he has pitched for a team other than the Mariners.
Despite some history with injuries, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said the team is not concerned because they were not shoulder or elbow-related injuries. Cashman called Paxton a "hell of a competitor" and a "great teammate."
Paxton noted that he would contact his former teammate Robinson Cano to get advice about his playing days in The Bronx, and he has already heard from other former Yankees such as Andy Pettitte.
"He texted me that he was fired up that I was a Yankee," Paxton said. "He must've kept my number after that time we talked, which was pretty cool."
In parts of eight seasons with the Mariners Paxton posted a 3.42 ERA and 1.187 WHIP to go along with 617 strikeouts.