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Left-hander James Paxton and the Boston Red Sox are in agreement on a one-year, $10 million contract with a two-year club option, according to a report from MLB insider Jeff Passan.
Paxton is an interesting buy-low for the Red Sox, but he has thrown just 21 2/3 innings since 2019 and is not expected to be ready for the start of the 2022 season as he recovers from Tommy John surgery.
James Paxton underwent Tommy John surgery within this past week.
The lefty made it through one complete inning in his return to the Mariners in 2021. He signed a one-year contract to return to Seattle this past offseason and it remains to be seen what his future holds for him.
Mariners manager Scott Servais confirmed that James Paxton will have season-ending surgery on his elbow.
It was all but assured that Paxton needed Tommy John surgery, and now it's official. Given the normal timetable of the recovery, it seems unlikely that Paxton will be ready for Opening Day in 2022, but he should return by mid-season if he avoids setbacks. As it is, there's little reason for optimism as to his dynasty stock given his injury history, and fantasy managers shouldn't count on much from him going forward.
Tommy John surgery has been recommended for James Paxton, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network.
This was likely the worst case scenario for Paxton, and for fantasy managers who invested in Paxton pre-season. Paxton looked good in spring training, and even looked like he had regained some velocity on his fastball. Instead of enjoying what could have been a throwback year with a fun, young Mariners team, Paxton will miss the remainder of 2021 if he indeed opts for TJ.
Seattle Mariners LHP James Paxton, who's currently on the 10-day IL with a left forearm strain, is seeking a second opinion on his recent MRI results.
Paxton left his start on Tuesday early with elbow soreness and was placed on the IL Wednesday. There's no timetable for a return and seeking a second opinion typically means you weren't happy with the initial diagnosis. Given Paxton's injury history fantasy managers should assume that he'll be out for a while. The team should provide an update soon.