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James Paxton’s Season Could Already Be Over – Tommy John Looms

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I’ll admit it (I have to, since I think I wrote it several times): big lefty James Paxton was on my short list of buy-low, bounce-back, high-upside free agent targets for the Cubs this offseason. He was going to want a short-term deal to re-prove himself after a lost partial season in 2020, the cost wouldn’t be too large, and the upside was a 3-4 WAR pitcher, which he’d been for four straight years from 2016-19.

The Cubs did not seriously pursue Paxton as far as I was aware, opting instead for Trevor Williams and Jake Arrieta on one-year, bounce-back deals. Paxton ultimately signed with a team he knew well, getting almost as much as Williams and Arrieta did combined, $8.5 million from the Mariners.

Unfortunately, it’s possibly already over for him:

Paxton will probably be one of those guys that a team tries to sign on a one-year-and-option deal in the offseason, knowing that he probably won’t contribute but for a half-season tops next year.

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.