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Mariners pitcher James Paxton returns to the mound in the first inning against Colorado on Wednesday at Safeco Field in Seattle. 202026 (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)
The Mariners got a package of three prospects in return for James Paxton. (Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times)

General manager Jerry Dipoto could either go the rebuilding route and forfeit the 2019 season (at least), or keep his best players and perpetuate the Mariners' increasingly torturous mediocrity. He made the right choice dealing his ace to the New York Yankees.

Washington players are all smiles as time runs down against Washington State in the fourth quarter at the 108th Apple Cup at Husky Stadium on Friday, November 27, 2015, in Seattle, Wash. From left are, Dante Pettis, Isaiah Renfro, and Marvin Hall, Jr. Washington won 45-10.

Battling intense depression, former Huskies WR Isaiah Renfro took a long road back to football.

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Seattle Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton shows off his Maple Leaf tattoo after pitching a no-hitter against the Toronto Blue Jays in a baseball game Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in Toronto. (Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press via AP) FJT116 FJT116

Now a Yankee, James Paxton says a heartfelt thank you to Mariners fans

James Paxton woke up on Tuesday as a New York Yankee instead of a Seattle Mariner. He posted a sentimental thank you to the Mariners and to his Seattle fans in an Instagram post.

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