Report: Canadian James Paxton on Blue Jays’ radar for starting pitching
After making a big splash to improve their outfield with the blockbuster signing of George Springer, the appear to be looking to beef up their starting pitching — potentially with the addition of a Canadian.
Per MLB Network‘s Jon Heyman, the club has free-agent lefty on its radar.
The six-foot-four, 227-pound product of Ladner, B.C., struggled through injuries in 2020 — his second season with the after being acquired in a 2018 trade with the Seattle Mariners. The 32-year-old went 1-1 in five games with a 6.64 ERA.
This was a marked departure from his first season in the Bronx when he racked up a 15-6 record with a 3.82 ERA and 186 strikeouts across 150.2 innings.
The year prior, Paxton made history by throwing a no-hitter against the Blue Jays, becoming the first Canadian to complete the feat on home soil and the just second to toss a no-no, joining Dick Fowler of the Philadelphia Athletics.