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James Paxton returns to Mariners on 1-year deal

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James Paxton is returning to Seattle.

The Big Maple and the Mariners agreed to a 1-year deal. The southpaw pitcher is set to earn $8.5 million and up to $10 million with bonuses.

Paxton, 32, was drafted by the Mariners in 2010. He pitched for Seattle from 2013-2018, going 41-26 with a 3.42 ERA for them. They traded Paxton to the Yankees as part of the Justus Sheffield deal, but now he is back.

Paxton went 15-6 with a 3.82 ERA in 2019, his first season with the Yankees. He dealt with elbow injuries last season. He has also dealt with knee injuries in his career.

James Paxton gets positive news regarding elbow injury

James Paxton

New York Yankees pitcher James Paxton felt discomfort in his throwing arm during his start against the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday night, but the left-hander received positive news after undergoing an MRI.

Paxton was diagnosed with a strained flexor. While he will likely have to go on the injured list, doctors are not recommending Tommy John surgery.

Paxton has struggled since the season began, allowing three runs in each of his five starts. He threw 83 pitches against the Rays on Thursday and allowed four hits and one walk while striking out eight.

It’s unclear how long Paxton will be out, though the Yankees are obviously relieved he does not need Tommy John. New York is 16-9 on the season and likely headed to the playoffs, so they want Paxton healthy for the stretch run.

Paxton had a great first season with the Yankees last year. The 31-year-old went 15-6 with a 3.82 ERA in 29 starts.

James Paxton expected to be ready to pitch in May

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James Paxton may be slightly ahead of schedule in his recovery.

New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone said on Saturday that he thinks that the veteran lefty will be ready to pitch in May.

“[He] is on track to start throwing in the next 10 days or so,” said Boone, per Marly Rivera of ESPN. “I think there is a really good chance that he’ll be ready sometime in May. He’s doing well and we’re excited about where he’s at.”

The 31-year-old Paxton underwent surgery in February to have a peridiscal cyst removed, a rare and painful-sounding condition. He went 15-6 for the Yankees last season with a 3.82 ERA and 186 strikeouts in 29 starts.

The Yankees already have a three-headed monster in their rotation with Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, and the newly-signed Gerrit Cole. But with their starting depth otherwise lacking, especially with Domingo German still suspended, they would benefit from having Paxton back as soon as possible.

James Paxton out 3-4 months after getting cyst removed

James Paxton

The New York Yankees’ rotation suffered a significant blow Wednesday ahead of the start of the season.

The team announced that starting pitcher James Paxton will miss 3-4 months after undergoing a procedure to remove a peridiscal cyst.

Paxton’s condition appears to be quite rare and causes significant back pain.

While it’s not a season-ender, it does mean Paxton will miss the first month of the season and could possibly be sidelined until June. That’s not a crushing blow to the Yankees, but they were counting on Paxton to be a big part of their rotation, and this will hurt them.

Paxton posted a 3.82 ERA for the Yankees last season, striking out 186 batters in 150.2 innings. He’s been an elite pitcher when healthy, but has struggled to stay on the field, with his career-high in innings being a modest 160.1 in 2018. That will be an issue again in 2020, at least at the start of the year.

Did James Paxton get pulled early because Astros saw him tipping pitches?

James Paxton

New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone was not messing around during Game 2 of the ALCS on Sunday night.

Boone decided to pull starter James Paxton from the game after just 2.1 innings. Paxton gave up a walk, then got a double play and line out in the first. Then in the second, Houston got going. The Astros got a single, walk, and RBI double by Carlos Correa to take a 1-0 lead. Paxton struck out two to strand runners on second and third in the second. Then in the third, George Springer struck out, but Houston got consecutive hits off Paxton to put two on.

Boone pulled Paxton for Chad Green at that point, who got two out to strand the runners. In the fourth, Aaron Judge hit a two-run home run to give the Yankees the lead.

Boone joined FOX’s announcing crew for an in-game interview and explained why he pulled Paxton so quickly.

“We would have loved to have gotten him through (Yordan) Alvarez there, but really felt like with Bregman — fear that game getting away there, felt like (Chad) Green was the guy we wanted in there,” Boone said. “Pax was alright, just a little off with his command, they were making him work pretty hard.”

Was there another explanation for Houston giving Paxton such trouble? There was some speculation that players could see Paxton’s grip/pitches through his glove.

There was some wonder if that’s what Bregman was communicating with a teammate after singling in the second.

There might be some paranoia about the Astros picking up pitchers tipping because they had Tyler Glasnow’s number in Game 5 of the ALDS and Yu Darvish too in Game 7 of the 2017 World Series. Is that the explanation for them being on Paxton so well? Possibly.

Give credit to Boone for pulling Paxton before things could get out of hand and letting his bullpen do the work. As he said, between Masahiro Tanaka’s big outing on Saturday night and the day off Monday, he felt he could make the move to his bullpen early in Game 2.

Yankees hopeful James Paxton will return this week

James Paxton

The New York Yankees are apparently close to getting one member of their injury-hit starting rotation back in action.

Manager Aaron Boone said Sunday that the Yankees are hoping they can get starter James Paxton back into the rotation at some point during their upcoming series against the San Diego Padres, which begins on Monday.

Paxton last pitched on May 3 and has been sidelined with left knee inflammation. He’d had a 3.11 ERA before landing on the IL.

The Yankees are finally starting to get some of their injured players back after a brutal start to the season health-wise. They’ve also managed to start 34-17 despite all the setbacks, so they could become even more formidable in the weeks to come.

James Paxton to undergo MRI after leaving game with knee soreness

James Paxton

The New York Yankees provided some clarity on the injury James Paxton is facing.

Paxton left his start after three innings on Friday despite not allowing an earned run, surprisingly giving way to Jonathan Holder. The Yankees later announced that Paxton exited due to soreness in his left knee and will undergo an MRI on Saturday.

This news will likely be met with a groan from Yankees fans, who have grown accustomed to the team’s mounting injuries this season.

Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Luis Severino, Dellin Betances, Clint Frazier, and Aaron Hicks are among the Yankees on the injured list. Miguel Andujar and Didi Gregorius are getting closer to returns for the team.

Paxton is 3-2 with a 3.11 ERA this season, with the team winning his last three starts.

Mariners reportedly trade James Paxton to Yankees

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The New York Yankees are looking for ways to upgrade their starting rotation this offseason, and they took a big step toward accomplishing that goal on Monday.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Yankees have acquired starting pitcher James Paxton in a trade with the Seattle Mariners.

Yankees No. 1 prospect Justus Sheffield is among the players who will be sent to Seattle.

The Yankees were one of several teams who were interested in Paxton, and it sounds like they beat out at least one of their biggest competitors for the left-hander.

Paxton, 30, has a career ERA of 3.42. He was 11-6 with a 3.76 ERA in 28 starts with Seattle this season, and he is still under team control for two more years. New York will likely look to add another starting pitcher before the winter is over, but Paxton is a great start.

Report: Reds inquiring about several front-end starting pitchers

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The Cincinnati Reds are looking to rebuild after four consecutive seasons with 68 or less wins, and they apparently feel that bolstering their starting rotation is a great place to begin.

Jon Heyman of Fancred sports reports that the Reds have been in contact with the Seattle Mariners about James Paxton, the New York Yankees about Sonny Gray and the Cleveland Indians about both Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco. The main focus for Cincinnati is Paxton and Gray, according to Heyman. However, the Reds are said to be hesitant about dealing top prospects.

While Gray may be the cheapest of the aforementioned options, Jon Morosi of MLB Network notes that the Yankees could ask for Cincinnati’s top shortstop prospect in any potential trade.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has openly admitted that the team plans to trade Gray, but that does not mean they’re going to just give him away. Gray struggled in New York, but he had a proven track record prior to that. Multiple teams are interested in adding the right-hander.

If the Reds decide Paxton is their top choice, it sounds like they will have plenty of competition from the top teams in the American League.

Astros reportedly among teams interested in James Paxton

James Paxton

The Houston Astros had one of the best starting rotations in MLB history this season, but they are still exploring ways to improve it heading into 2019.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Astros are among the teams who have inquired about potentially trading for Seattle Mariners left-hander James Paxton.

Paxton, 30, has a career ERA of 3.42. He was 11-6 with a 3.76 ERA in 28 starts with Seattle this season, and he is still under team control for two more years. While he has a lengthy injury history, the Astros and New York Yankees are both said to have interest in him. That’s good news for the Mariners.

In any other season, the Astros may have repeated as World Series champions. The Boston Red Sox were simply too good, and Alex Bregman shed some light on just how good he felt the 2018 Houston team was. Players have to like the idea of management trying to make big improvements even after winning 103 games.