The Astros and Yankees have been two of the best teams in baseball over the past couple of years, and while it is normally the Yankees known for spending big and acquiring headlining stars, it's the Astros who keep sweeping in to steal them from within the Yankees' grasp.
The newest player to be on the wish list of both teams? Mariners ace James Paxton.
#Astros on list of teams talking to #Mariners about a trade for LHP James Paxton, sources say. Market described as “active,” including HOU, NYY and a wide variety of other clubs. Paxton in his career against HOU: 2.89 ERA in 71 2/3 innings, .605 opponents’ OPS.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 11, 2018
Paxton is 29 years old and heading into his seventh season with the Mariners, but Seattle is said to be toying with the idea of a rebuild, so Paxton is probably their most valuable piece to move. The left-hander went 11-6 with a 3.76 ERA last year and was better in 2017 with sub-3.00 ERA. The Yankees have long been in the need for high-end starting pitching, and have already begun discussing Paxton with the Mariners.
This is the second straight year that the Astros are planning to take a starter from the Yankees, as they took Gerrit Cole from them last offseason. Cole, then a Pirate, was rumored all summer to be headed to New York via trade, but the Astros swooped in at the last minute to take him with a pretty shallow trade offer.
The Yankees can't blow it this time. The fans are getting impatient, and the Astros just love it.