James Paxton, Mariners agree to one-year, $8.5M deal
James Paxton is heading back to the team that drafted him. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Report: James Paxton, Mariners agree to one-year, $8.5 million deal

After spending two years with the New York Yankees, James Paxton is returning to the Seattle Mariners

According to ESPN's Jeff Passan, the Mariners and Paxton agreed to a one-year, $8.5 million deal on Saturday. The contract includes bonuses that could bring its value up to $10 million. 

Paxton went 41-26 with the Mariners from 2013-18, owning a 3.42 ERA, 1.187 WHIP and 617 strikeouts in 582.1 innings. He was traded to the Yankees in November 2018 for a top prospect, left-hander Justus Sheffield, outfielder Dom Thompson-Williams and right-hander Erik Swanson.

In two seasons with the Yankees, Paxton went 16-7 with a 4.16 ERA, 1.304 WHIP and 212 strikeouts in 171 innings. 

The 32-year-old will join a rotation that includes Marco Gonzales, Yusei Kikuchi, Chris Flexen and Sheffield.

Erin Walsh is a Boston sports fan through and through. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bridgewater State University and currently is in pursuit of her Master's Degree in Journalism from Northeastern University. Follow her on Twitter @ewalsh90.

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