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MLB rumors: Market for ex-Yankees pitcher James Paxton heating up | ‘As many as 20 teams’ scout throwing session

 Former New York Yankees starter James Paxton is on the comeback trail after an injury-riddled 2020.AP

The market for former New York Yankees left-hander James Paxton is quickly heating up, according to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi:

Free agent James Paxton reached 94 mph at a throwing session for scouts, source says; as many as 20 teams were in attendance.

That falls in line with what agent Scott Boras last week. Per MLB.com:

“He’s far into bullpen [sessions] and is throwing bullpens for select teams,” Boras said. “Obviously, he was not completely rehabilitated when he made an attempt to help his club and come back. Now, he’s certainly got his back strength back to 100% and he’s back throwing off the mound and doing well.”

It also matches what Boras said last month about Paxton, per Morosi:

Scott Boras told me today that free agent James Paxton is “close” to throwing for talent evaluators. He’s recently done additional strength training for his lumbar region, to more fully recover from February back surgery. “There’s a great deal of interest in him,” Boras said.

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Paxton made just five starts during the coronavirus-shortened 60-game season, spending time on the injured list with a flexor strain.

The 32-year-old southpaw posted a career-worst 6.64 ERA in 2020. However in 2019, Paxton’s first year with the Yankees following a trade from the Seattle Mariners, Paxton won a career-best 15 games.

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