Dodgers sign James Paxton

James Paxton (Keith Allison, Wikimedia Commons)

According to Brandon Wile of The Score on Tuesday, the Los Angeles Dodgers signed starting pitcher James Paxton of Richmond, British Columbia to a one-year deal worth $11 million. The Dodgers are the fourth Major League Baseball team Paxton has played for. He was previously with the Seattle Mariners from 2013 to 2018 and again in 2021, the New York Yankees in 2019 and 2020, and the Boston Red Sox in 2023.

In 2023, Paxton had a record of seven wins and five losses with an earned run average of 4.50. During 19 games and 96 innings pitched, he gave up 93 hits, 48 earned runs, 18 home runs and 33 walks, to go along with 101 strikeouts and a WHIP (walks and hits per innings pitched) of 1.31.

Paxton’s finest performance in 2023 came on June 30. In 7 2/3 innings pitched, he had seven strikeouts and two walks, and gave up three hits without giving up an earned run in a 5-0 Red Sox win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Dodgers were in need to add to their starting rotation due to the fact their biggest name in the franchise, Shohei Ohtani, will not be able to pitch in 2024 due to injury. Paxton joins a rotation that is headlined by another key free agent in Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Tyler Glasnow, Walker Buehler and Bobby Miller.

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