Boone On WFAN: Paxton 'Just Scratching The Surface'

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November 21, 2018 - 4:51 pm
 James Paxton reacts after getting a strikeout to end the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Safeco Field.

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While the MLB offseason has yet to truly get going, the Yankees are one of the few teams to make an early splash this winter.

General manager Brian Cashman swung a trade with Seattle for James Paxton, instantly providing a significant boost to New York's starting rotation.

Paxton went 11-6 with a 3.76 ERA and 1.098 WHIP this past season, throwing a career-high 160.1 innings over 28 starts.

Mike Francesa got the holiday weekend off to a nice start when he brought a surprise guest onto Wednesday's edition of Mike's On. Francesa spoke to Yankees manager Aaron Boone about the team's recent trade for Paxton, the offseason in general and much more.

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"Really excited," Boone said when asked about the acquisition of Paxton. "To get a guy of his caliber... and we kind of feel like even though he's 30-years-old, we feel like in a lot of ways he's kind of just scratching the surface. This is a guy that we feel like there's potentially even more in there. We feel like the ceiling is really high. When he's been healthy, he's obviously been a really dynamic pitcher. We feel like hopefully we're getting a guy with not a lot of mileage on him, and still has some room to grow and continue to get better.

"We feel like he has a chance to really, really impact us in a big way."

Another big storyline heading into the offseason is New York's plan for first base. 

The Yankees traded for Luke Voit prior to the 2018 trade deadline, and the 27-year-old impressed during his limited time in the Bronx.

Voit hit .333 with 14 home runs and 33 RBI in just 39 games with the Yankees, picking up an additional four RBI in five postseason games.

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Despite some fans clamoring for the team to make a move for a big name to man first base in 2019, Boone appeared confident in Voit's ability to win the job next spring. 

"It's one thing to come up and run into some homers and get hot when you're strong and the league is trying to figure you out," Boone said on Voit. "But I think when you see the at-bat quality that we saw, really on a consistent basis, whether he would strikeout or work a walk or really get into a ball, the at-bat quality- really from the time he got to us through the end of the year- was really strong.

"He's created a real opportunity, obviously, for himself. He'll go into the year with a chance to prove that it was real."