Seattle Mariners: 3 takeaways from reunion with James Paxton

We take a deeper look at the Seattle Mariners’ unexpected but welcome reunion with Canadian starting pitcher James Paxton.

The Seattle Mariners have taken a step back in time to the recent past, in a bid to boost their chances of finally returning to the postseason. As first reported by Chad Day of Sportsnet 650, the M’s have signed pitcher James Paxton to a one-year deal.

The news seemed to come out of nowhere. Regardless, it represents a calculated and smart move by the Mariners; similar to the decision to sign relief pitcher Ken Giles.

Understandably, there will be those weighing up the sentiment involved in the reunion, versus what version of Paxton we will actually see on the mound. With this in mind, let’s break down the move by Seattle:

1) Limited financial risk

Paxton has essentially decided to take a gamble on himself by only signing a one-year contract and proving his worth; something which could greatly benefit the Mariners. Financially speaking, the ball club are in a good position

As per Jeff Passan of ESPN, the Ladner, British Columbia native has agreed a deal worth $8.5 million. At the same time, he does have bonuses which are realistically attainable, but would again benefit the M’s if he is successful.

As reported by MLB Network‘s Jon Heyman, there is an extra $1.5 million in incentives for Paxton. He will make an additional $750,00 for reaching 10 games and another $750,000 at 20 games, to potentially increase his overall earning to $10 million in 2021.

For some context, consider that prior to last season the 2010 fourth round draft pick agreed a one-year deal with the New York Yankees worth $12.5 million. (This was later adjusted to $4,629,630.)

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