Left-handed James Paxton and the Seattle Mariners are in agreement on a one-year deal for $8.5 million. Has some reachable bonuses that could take it to $10 million.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 14, 2021
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.