5 James Paxton Trade Packages For Selling Seattle Mariners

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 21: James Paxton
SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 21: James Paxton /
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James Paxton to the Yankees for Clint Frazier, Miguel Andujar and Dillon Tate

The Yankees need another starting pitcher to put them over the top. Unlike the Mariners, they appear willing to accept this and act upon it. They have already been linked to Gerrit Cole and Yu Darvish this off-season. Paxton would give the Yankees a cheaper option than Darvish, and a better pitcher than Cole

For their the troubles, the Mariners would nab a package headlined by former top prospect Clint Frazier. There appears to be a split in baseball over what kind of player Frazier ultimately will become. The tools are off the charts, but the stats tell a different story. Frazier has a lot of swing and miss in his game, but also has 60 grade power and 65 grade speed. He can handle all 3 outfield spots, and could be a 30/30 All-Star if he reaches his ceiling.

Frazier is not the only player worthy of excitement in this package. Miguel Andujar, currently MLB.com’s 92nd ranked prospect, is a potential All-Star 3B. He has a good hit tool and has grown into more power each season. The 23-year-old prospect slashed .31/.352/.498 in 480 PA across AA and AAA in 2017. He slugged 16 home runs, and 36 doubles as well.

Andujar is still rough at 3rd base, but has shown steady growth at the position. Most scouts agree he will be at least average defensively, and has one of the best arms in all of the minor leagues.

Finally, the Mariners snag another former top prospect in RHP Dillion Tate. The #4 overall pick in the 2015 draft, Tate’s shine as a prospect took a hit thanks to some mechanical changes, but he appears to be back on track. Featuring 3 above-average pitches, Tate’s slight frame may force him into the bullpen, where he could dominate in shorter stints.