Jayson Werth feels bad for yelling at fan

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As Craig detailed this morning, Jayson Werth took out some frustration on a fan for interfering on a catchable ball along the right field line during the 12th inning of Thursday’s game against the Reds. See the video here.

After taking some time to think about it, Werth is feeling some remorse for his actions.

“There’s been some backlash, I think,” Werth said. “In the heat of the
moment, and a situation that goes on, on the field, I’m definitely in a
different mindset than I would be in a normal setting. I don’t think I
would’ve yelled at anybody liked that if that wasn’t the case, with the
game on the line.

“I feel bad for the guy and the kid that was sitting there,” Werth said.
“It was definitely a little out of character. But I don’t feel bad
about playing hard, going into the stands after a ball. It’s just one of
those deals. It’s part of the game.”

That’s nice of him and all, but I wonder what he would say if the Phillies lost? Actually, scratch that. I shudder to think what might have happened to that guy if they lost.

(Again, thanks to Dan
McQuade
for the screen cap)

Yankees acquire James Paxton from Mariners

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The Yankees announced that the club has acquired starter James Paxton from the Mariners in exchange for three prospects: pitcher Justus Sheffield, outfielder Dom Thompson-Williams, and pitcher Erik Swanson.

Paxton, 30, has been among the game’s better starters over the past few years. In 2018, he went 11-6 with a 3.76 ERA and a 208/42 K/BB ratio in 160 1/3 innings. The lefty has two more years of arbitration eligibility remaining after earning $4.9 million this past season.

Sheffield, 22, is the headliner in the Mariners’ return. He made his major league debut in September for the Yankees, pitching 2 2/3 innings across three appearances. Two of those appearances were scoreless; in the third, he gave up a three-run home run to J.D. Martinez, certainly not an uncommon result among pitchers. MLB Pipeline rates Sheffield as the Yankees’ No. 1 prospect and No. 31 overall in baseball.

Thompson-Williams, 23, was selected by the Yankees in the fifth round of the 2016 draft. This past season, between Single-A Charleston and High-A Tampa, he hit .299/.363/.546 with 22 home runs, 74 RBI, 63 runs scored, and 20 stolen bases in 415 plate appearances. He was not among the Yankees’ top-30 prospects, per MLB Pipeline.

Swanson, 25, was selected by the Yankees in the eighth round of the 2014 draft. He spent most of his 2018 campaign between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Overall, he posted a 2.66 ERA with a 139/29 K/BB ratio in 121 2/3 innings. MLB Pipeline rated him No. 22 in the Yankees’ system.

This trade comes as no surprise as the Yankees clearly wanted to upgrade the starting rotation and the Mariners seemed motivated to trade Paxton this offseason. To the Mariners’ credit, they got a solid return for Paxton, as Sheffield likely becomes the organization’s No. 1 prospect. The only worries about this trade for the Yankees is how Paxton will fare in the more hitter-friendly confines of Yankee Stadium compared to the spacious Safeco Field, and Paxton’s durability. Paxton has made more than 20 starts in a season just twice in his career — the last two years (24 and 28). The Yankees are likely not done adding, however. Expect even more new faces before the start of spring training.