HOUSTON, TEXAS – OCTOBER 13: James Paxton #65 of the New York Yankees walks to the dugout after pitching during the first inning against the Houston Astros in game two of the American League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park on October 13, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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The Toronto Blue Jays failed to shore up their rotation this offseason, however, there was one free agent hurler who was more than willing to explore the possibility.
Canadian pitcher James Paxton agreed to a one-year $8.5 million dollar pact with the Seattle Mariners recently after it was rumoured the Blue Jays were interested in 32-year old native of Ladner, British Columbia.
Paxton appeared on The Scott Rintoul Show on Sportsnet 650 yesterday and shed some light on his offseason as a free agent. The hurler admitted it was a lot quieter than he anticipated on the open market and although he was interested in once again playing north of the border, the Blue Jays never got to a point in the negotiations where a formal offer was tabled.
“Well, they showed lots of interest, you know, and I had interest in them too, but they never did actually come with an offer. So we just never got to that point in the negotiations.”
Paxton is fresh off an injury-riddled campaign where he made just…