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The New York Yankees Have Made A Blockbuster Trade

An overhead shot of Yankee Stadium.

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: A general view as the national anthem is performed before Game Three of the American League Championship Series between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on October 16, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)

Earlier: The MLB offseason is underway and we just had our first major blockbuster trade. The New York Yankees have acquired a quality starting pitcher.

New York has been linked to Seattle Mariners lefty James Paxton for a while, and the Mariners have made it clear they want to sell this offseason. Now, it appears the Yankees have acquired the Paxton.

Yahoo's Jeff Passan first broke news of the trade.

Details of the trade are not fully confirmed, but Mariners reporter Greg Johns of MLB.com says the Yankees are including highly-touted lefty prospect Justus Sheffield. Sheffield made his debut with the Yankees out of the bullpen in September, but is projected to be a mid-rotation starter.

The 30-year-old Paxton is 41-26 in his tenure with the Mariners. He went 11-6 with a 3.76 ERA last season.

The Yankees won 100 games this season but experienced issues with their starting rotation throughout the year and in the ALDS against Boston. They are clearly looking for Paxton to alleviate some of those concerns.

Update: Here is the full haul for the Mariners.

The AL East arms race between Boston and New York seems to be heating up.