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Ladner's Paxton returning to Seattle

Free agent pitcher signs one-year deal with Mariners
Ladner's James Paxton will be back in familiar territory this coming MLB season after agreeing to a one-year deal with the Seattle Mariners. He spent six seasons in the Emerald City before being traded to the New York Yankees.

Pitcher James Paxton is returning to the Seattle Mariners.

According to his longtime friend Chad Dey, the towering lefty from Ladner has signed a free agent deal with the Mariners for the coming season. The one-year deal is reportedly worth $8.5 million (US).

Paxton spent six seasons in Seattle before being traded to the New York Yankees in 2018. This was the 32-year-old’s first time as an unrestricted free agent.

The Delta Secondary graduate enjoyed a productive run in Seattle and a loyal following too with the dedicated “Maple Grove” outfield section created for his home starts, reflecting his “Big Maple” nickname.

His time in Seattle was highlighted by a no-hitter against the Toronto Blue Jays in May 2018. He compiled a 23-11 record over the 2017 and 2018 seasons with the Ms.

Paxton is coming off an injury plagued shortened season with the Yankees that saw him go 1-1 with a 6.64 ERA in 20.1 innings. That came after going 15-6 in 2019.