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The New York Yankees were involved in the first major deal of the offseason, trading for Seattle Mariners left-handed pitcher James Paxton on Monday. Heading back to Seattle is top-rated Yankees prospect Justus Sheffield, another hard-throwing southpaw.

What does the deal mean from a fantasy perspective? ESPN Fantasy’s Eric Karabell, Tristan H. Cockcroft and AJ Mass weigh in.

The Mariners and Yankees completed a trade Monday that sends ace left-hander James Paxton to New York for three prospects, including top-rated lefty Justus Sheffield.

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Karabell: Paxton to the Yankees seems like a wise move for them and the rebuilding Mariners. Paxton’s fantasy value is about the same, as he is moving to a more hitter-friendly park but gets better offensive support. Overcoming injury is another thing. He still hasn’t pitched 165 innings in a season, so he is more of a volume risk than most in the top 20 hurlers. The headliner to Seattle is Sheffield and he should get a legit chance, but he’s not Walker Buehler

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