Left-hander James Paxton and the Boston Red Sox agreed to a one-year, $ 10 million deal with a two-year club option, sources familiar with the deal told ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Tuesday.
Paxton, 33, is recovering from Tommy John surgery and should pitch again in 2022.
Paxton’s 2021 season with the Seattle Mariners came to an abrupt end in April due to surgery. He made his first start of the season in the second inning after 24 pitches.
Paxton was 41-26 with a 3.42 ERA for the Mariners from 2013 to 2018, striking out 617 and walking 168 in 582⅓ innings. He was traded to the New York Yankees in November 2018 for a sought-after prospect, left-hander Justus Sheffield, along with outfielder Dom Thompson-Williams and right-hander Erik Swanson.
Paxton struggled in the first half of his first season in New York, rediscovered his broken pitch in the second half and was 15-6 with a 3.82 ERA. He had the best streak of his career winning 10 consecutive starts before leaving his last regular season start after one inning on September 27, 2019.
The Yankees said he had a tight left glute muscle, and was again 1-0 with a 3.46 ERA in three postseason starts, allowing five runs in 13 innings. But he needed surgery in February 2020, when Dr. Andrew Dossett in Dallas performed a microscopic lumbar discectomy to repair a herniated disc and remove a peridiscal cyst.
Paxton was able to start the season on time when the COVID-19 pandemic caused a delay until late July, but he was 2-3 with a 6.64 ERA in five starts. He didn’t pitch after Aug. 20 after suffering what the Yankees said was a mild flexor strain in his left forearm.
He returned to the Mariners last offseason with a one-year, $ 8.5 million deal.
Sportsnet 650 first reported that Paxton would be joining the Red Sox.
Associated Press contributed to this report.