There have been bumps along the way, but James Paxton has shown flashes of ace-like stuff.
The premise isn’t new.
It’s something the Mariners and their fans have hoped/believed each offseason over the last three years. The possibility and potential of James Paxton has dangled in front of them seemingly within their grasp. There was so much that the big left-hander could be if it all came together.
Of course, that pitcher Paxton was supposed to become has never quite came within reach for a myriad of reasons, notably a frustrating level of inconsistency due to a run of injuries.
Similar to years past, the Mariners find themselves going into a season hoping and expecting Paxton will make the push toward consistency and sustained success at the big league level.
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