Former Kentucky Wildcats baseball star James Paxton has been traded from the Seattle Mariners to the New York Yankees.
Paxton goes to New York while the Yankees will send their top prospect Justus Sheffield, and two other prospects Dom Thompson-Williams and Erik Swanson to Seattle.
Trade: The Yankees have acquired LHP James Paxton from Seattle in exchange for LHP Justus Sheffield, RHP Erik Swanson and OF Dom Thompson-Williams.— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) November 19, 2018
Paxton was drafted out of UK in the fourth round of the 2010 MLB draft by Seattle. He has been in the major leagues since 2013 holding a career era of 3.42 and a record of 41-26 record.
The 30-year-old had a solid 2018 pitching to a 3.76 ERA and an 11-6 record. On May eighth Paxton threw a no-hitter in his homeland of Canada against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Paxton 30, joins a New York rotation that needed a big arm to get to the next level. Paxton will likely slide into the two slot of the Yankees rotation unless they decide to add another pitcher like Patrick Corbin or Dallas Keuchel.
The Kentucky alum will be the first Wildcat to play for the Yankees since Jim Leyrtiz who played for the Bombers from 1990-96 and 1999-2000.