James Paxton’s career with the Yankees is likely over after latest move

New York Yankees, James Paxton

While the New York Yankees gained back Geo Urshela, Giancarlo Stanton, and Aaron Judge this week, they did lose one significant starting pitcher.

Left-handed pitcher James Paxton was placed on the 45-day injured list, according to manager Aaron Boone before Wednesday nights game. Before going down with a forearm flexor strain, Paxton was pitching 6.64 ERA baseball, which would land in the lackluster category. He had given up 15 earned runs over 20 innings pitched — an elevated number that was easily replaceable for the Yankees.

Paxton is currently on the final year of a one-year, $12.5 million deal. Set to hit free agency next season, I can’t imagine the Yankees will retain him and his injury proneness.

Being placed on the 45-day IL essentially ends his season. The Yankees have since utilized Deivi Garcia, their 21-year-old youth pitcher, in his role. Garcia has been phenomenal, as he currently hosts a 3.28 ERA with a 2-1 record. His emergence has been perfectly timed with Paxton’s absence, and they can feel confident moving forward with him in the rotation.

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