The Toronto Blue Jays are reportedly interested in Canadian pitcher James Paxton.
This is what the MLB Network said on Friday.
An association between the Jays and the one nicknamed “Big Maple” would be natural to say the least. The athlete from British Columbia has a big maple leaf tattooed on one arm, enough to make the marketing team managers salivate.
Concretely, the 32-year-old left-handed gunner became a free agent last October, after two seasons with the New York Yankees.
Last year, Paxton was limited to just five games due to a left arm injury. He maintained a 1-1 record with a 6.64 earned-run average.
Last December, the player’s agent clarified that around 20 professional recruiters came to see his client during a training session where Paxton hit 94 miles per hour with his fastball.
The gunner and the Jays already have a history. The Canadian formation had drafted him with the 37e 2009 auction total pick. The two camps did not agree and Paxton, preferring to increase his value, was selected in the fourth round by the Seattle Mariners in the next draft.
On May 8, 2018, while with the Mariners, the Ladner native threw a scoreless game against the Jays. Paxton thus became the second Canadian in history to accomplish such a feat in the major leagues, after Dick Fowler in 1945.