Friday, November 11, 2016

Yankees Potential Trade Partners: Seattle Mariners

The New York Yankees are going to be active on the trade market this offseason if they plan to compete in 2017. Taking a look at the free agent class doesn’t give teams much hope right now if they have a lot they need to add and while the Yankees farm system is as strong as it’s likely ever been the need for a trade or two will be a necessity, not a want. That brings me to a potential trade partner for the New York Yankees. A team that has the starting pitching the Yankees could possibly use and a team with a good working relationship with Yankees GM Brian Cashman. I bring you the Seattle Mariners.

The Seattle Mariners may trade one or both of James Paxton or Patrick Corbin this offseason and the Yankees very much need starting pitching this offseason making these two teams an ideal matchup in trades this winter.

Paxton is a left-handed pitcher that the Yankees have coveted for a while now and while he has been injury prone as of late when he has been on the mound he has been effective. In 2016 Paxton threw 121 innings with a 6-7 record, 3.79 ERA and 117 strikeouts at just 28-years old. Even last year the Yankees at least reportedly dangled Brett Gardner in a trade with Seattle for Paxton so this is a rumor that is worth keeping an eye on. That trade package may be revisited this winter.

Corbin on the other hand comes with a little more intrigue but a few more question marks as well. Just three seasons ago Corbin was an All-Star for the Arizona Diamondbacks before missing the 2014 season with Tommy John surgery. With now two years under his belt since the surgery Corbin could be primed to finally break out again and show teams his true health again.

Both pitchers come with concerns and history but both pitchers are young and come with tons of upside and the possibility of being acquired on the cheap. If the Yankees aren’t comfortable with selling the farm for a Chris Sale or equivalent type pitcher than they are going to have to take a gamble on someone and I wouldn’t mind gambling with either of these two arms in Seattle.

Stay tuned. 

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