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- Height / Weight
- 6' 4" / 235 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 11/6/1988 (34)
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Boston Red Sox starting pitcher James Paxton has exercised his player option for next season and will return to the team. The veteran didn't pitch in the Majors in 2022 due to injury and has made just six combined starts since the start of the 2020 season, but has been plenty effective when healthy. In his last full season in 2019, Paxton won 15 games in 29 starts for the New York Yankees while logging a 3.82 ERA and a 3.86 FIP, 186 strikeouts, and 55 walks in 150.2 innings. He'll give the Red Sox another rotation option alongside the likes of Chris Sale, Brayan Bello, Nick Pivetta, and Kutter Crawford.
The Boston Red Sox declined their two-year, $26 million team option on starting pitcher James Paxton Monday, per the Athletic's Chad Jennings. The 34-year-old lefty spent the 2021 season recovering from Tommy John surgery and has only made a combined six starts since 2019 due to a host of injuries. However, Paxton does have an outstanding one-year, $4 million player option with the team. Paxton owns a solid career 3.59 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 26.5% strikeout rate in 137 starts, but injuries have prevented him from bringing that value to a team over the past several years.
Boston Red Sox left-hander James Paxton (elbow, lat) suffered a Grade 2 left lat strain after he faced just two hitters in his first minor league rehab start on Aug. 18, and he won't pitch in the majors in 2022. Boston holds a dual option on Paxton for the 2023 and 2024 seasons worth $13 million per season, and Paxton holds a $4 million player option. The 33-year-old southpaw was already attempting to come back from Tommy John surgery, so this is just yet another setback. There's a good chance the Red Sox will move on at this point. Paxton made just one start for the Seattle Mariners in 2021 and made just five starts for the New York Yankees in 2020 due to injuries, so he could be looking at an abrupt end to his career if he can't get healthy again soon.
After two years in the Bronx, left-handed starting pitcher James Paxton is returning to the Seattle Mariners after spending the first six seasons of his career in the Pacific Northwest. In eight big-league seasons, the 32-year-old has a 3.58 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 9.9 strikeouts per nine innings in 753 1/3 innings (136 starts). But the Canadian southpaw had a rough 6.64 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, 28.9 percent strikeout rate and 7.8 percent walk rate in only five starts (20 1/3 frames) and dealt with a forearm injury in 2020 with the Yankees. There's plenty of risk with Paxton -- he's never made more than 29 starts or thrown more than 160 innings in a single season -- but he should have a rotation spot locked down if he's healthy in Seattle. He's gotten in some simulated work during Spring Training and made his Cactus League debut on March 21 against the Brewers. He struck out eight batters while walking a pair over 4 1/3 innings in that outing. As of now, "The Big Maple" is healthy and looks ready to rock for Opening Day. At a current ADP of 241--which has crept up over the last few weeks--Paxton isn't a bad low-risk investment in the late rounds of deep mixed leagues, mainly because of his career strikeout rate of over 25 percent.