Mariners Close To Signing James Paxton

The Mariners are close to signing James Paxton, their fourth round pick in the 2010 draft, according to’s Keith Law (on Twitter). The left-hander, formerly a top prospect, would provide the Mariners with another high-ceiling arm.

The Blue Jays selected Paxton 37th overall in the first round of the 2009 draft, but didn't sign him. Paxton spent the 2010 season with the Grand Prairie AirHogs of the independent American Association after the NCAA ruled that he wasn’t eligible to resume his college career at the University of Kentucky. 

Though most draftees have to sign by the middle of August, the deadline doesn’t apply to college seniors or players drafted out of independent leagues.

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9 Comments on "Mariners Close To Signing James Paxton"

4 years 7 months ago

So when would the Mariners of lost the rights to Paxton?

4 years 7 months ago

right before the next draft I think

4 years 7 months ago

Great!!! He is a # 3 at best, but a lefty in Safeco is always a good option… Good job Jack Z

4 years 7 months ago

Yeah, make it happen!

4 years 7 months ago

In 2013, a rotation of Felix, Pineda, Paxton, Vargas/Beavan, and (depending on how the draft goes) Cole…doesn’t look too bad.

4 years 7 months ago

Paxton threw a whole 17 innings last year. It will take him at least this season and next to get stretched out enough to be a MLB starter. Maybe 100 innings this year, maybe 150 in 2013. By waiting things out, he may have wrote a ticket to the bullpen.

4 years 7 months ago

I know this guy, and am good friends with his cousin. To me, it seems like he doesn’t really have the motivation required to succeed. I’m just not sure if he’ll make it

4 years 7 months ago

james is the most motivated guy i know. buddy who left that comment has no clue what he’s talking about. pull your head out of you’re a$$

4 years 6 months ago

Mariners will go nowhere with Armstrong and Lincoln in charge.