Pink Sox reportedly ‘displaying sturdy curiosity’ in re-signing beginning pitcher James Paxton

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Paxton spent the final two seasons in Boston and made his debut with the group in 2023.

Paxton missed the whole 2022 season recovering from Tommy John surgical procedure and a Grade 2 lat tear. AP Photograph/Colin E. Braley

After lacking out on the extremely sought-after Yoshinobu Yamamoto this week, the Pink Sox are reportedly pursuing a reunion with one beginning pitcher.

Boston is reportedly “displaying sturdy curiosity” in re-signing free agent left-hander James Paxton, based on WEEI’s Rob Bradford.

Paxton, who the Pink Sox traded for from the Seattle Mariners in 2021, began 19 video games for Boston in 2023. He posted a 4.50 earned run common over 96 innings. He gathered 101 strikeouts, good for 9.5 per 9 innings, however allowed 1.7 house runs per 9, as properly.

The 35-year-old southpaw went on a tear in June, nonetheless, when he received American League Pitcher of the Month. Paxton posted a 1.74 ERA and went 3-0 in 5 begins that month. Batters hit simply .165 towards him and struck out 34 instances. 

Paxton ended the 2023 season on the injured record when the Pink Sox shut him down because of proper knee irritation. He grew to become a free agent as soon as the season ended.

The lefty spent everything of 2022 rehabbing from Tommy John surgical procedure and was poised to return to the massive leagues final summer time earlier than struggling a Grade 2 lat tear and being shut down for the yr. 

Accidents have outlined Paxton’s tenure in Boston and have confirmed him unreliable. Couple that along with his age, and a reunion in Boston doesn’t essentially really feel like a transfer the Pink Sox must make as the remainder of the pitching market at the moment stands.

Whereas The Boston Globe’s Alex Speier known as a commerce with the Milwaukee Brewers for Corbin Burnes “unlikely” on Friday, a number of different choices stay if Boston certainly desires to revamp the entrance finish of their beginning rotation.

Free brokers Shota Imanaga, Jordan Montgomery, and Blake Snell are nonetheless available on the market. The Pink Sox have been linked to Montgomery this offseason, notably when MLB Community’s Jon Morosi reported that the group met with the pitcher’s agent this winter.

Arms reminiscent of Shane Bieber and Dylan Stop might be on the commerce block and would make sense in Boston. Their respective groups would doubtless count on a good haul of main league our bodies and prospects in return, one thing the Pink Sox don’t lack.

Whereas a Boston reunion with Paxton appears to be on the desk, the transfer might not improve the group’s beginning rotation in a approach that may propel the Pink Sox again into contender standing.