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Joining Franklin in Arizona this fall will be starting pitcher James Paxton.
For Mariner fans, he's the third member of the promising "Big Three" with Danny Hultzen and Taijuan Walker. Paxton is a big lefty who pitched his entire season at AA Jackson while posting a 9-4 record and averaging a strikeout per inning on the year.
Paxton's future in Seattle depends on which direction the M's intend to go this winter.
Seattle Times writer Geoff Baker shared his thoughts earlier this week along with some quotes from general manager Jack Zduriencik...
"In a playbook borrowed from small-market teams everywhere, the Mariners keep hinting they will spend when the time is 'right.' And yet, there is no definition given as to what that entails."
'I don't think it's a secret that if there was a bat that we were able to pursue that would be a good fit for us, we would pursue it,' Zduriencik said this week."
"But at the same time, he added, 'the free-agent market looks weak and might require teams "to get creative" in seeking upgrades.'"
Translation: Expect Jack Z to seek out or at least consider another Jesus Montero / Michael Pineda swap.
If we take this idea a little further, I'd imagine that Paxton is the kind of player that rival general managers will be asking about this winter on a short list of Mariner prospects.
However, if he stays, expect him to join a potential logjam of starting pitchers at spring training that beyond Felix Hernandez and Jason Vargas, could also include Hisashi Iwakuma, Blake Beavan and Erasmo Ramirez.
Oh and two other guys on this list...