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James Paxton returns to M’s, per reports

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Former Mariner James Paxton is apparently going to be a current Mariner again

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James Paxton and the Seattle Mariners have agreed to terms on a one year deal, per reports. The deal is said to be for one year at $8.5 million, with makeable incentives worth another $1.5 million. The left hander will be joining what is expected to be a six man Mariner rotation.

Paxton, 32, was a first round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays in 2009, didn’t sign, and then was a fourth round pick of the Mariners in 2010. Paxton has terrific stuff and has generally had success (at least prior to 2020) when he has been on the mound, but he has struggled to stay healthy, having never qualified for an ERA title in his career.

The New York Yankees acquired Paxton prior to the 2019 season in a deal that saw the M’s acquire Justus Sheffield and former Ranger draftee Erik Swanson. After putting up 150 quality innings in 29 starts in 2019 for the Yanks, Paxton only made 5 starts and had a 6.64 ERA in 2020.

Paxton will now return in 2021 to where it started for him.