March 6, 2021

Seattle Mariners and SP James Paxton agree to deal

Jason Paxton is officially returning to the Seattle Mariners after both sides agreeing to a one-year, $8.5 million deal.

Paxton, 32, was 41-26 with a 3.42 ERA in his first run with the Mariners from 2013 to 2018, striking out 617 and walking 168 in 582⅓ innings.

Paxton went 2-3 with a 6.64 ERA in five starts in the COVID-19 shortened 2020 season. He did not pitch after Aug. 20 after suffering what the Yankees said was a low-grade strain in his left forearm flexor.

Seattle is expected to use a six-man rotation, which would likely to take away about five starts from each pitcher in the rotation, easing up wear and tear as MLB is expected to play a closer to full-length or full-length season.