The Seattle Mariners signed RHP Chris Flexen today to a two year 4.75 million dollar deal, with incentives built into the contract. Flexen, who spent parts of seasons in 2017-2019 with the New York Mets, totaled 68 innings pitched with a career ERA of 8.07. While to put it lightly, Flexen was horrible in his time as a major leaguer, in 2020 Flexen signed with the Doosan Bears to a one year pact, and preformed excellent in his time in South Korea.
With his time with the Bears, Flexen posted a 3.01 ERA working as a starting pitcher, and dropped his HR/9 by a significant amount, while racking up a 10.2 K/9 ratio. Flexen will be entering 2021, as a 26 year old, and is probably going to find himself given the opportunity to start, with the Mariners rotation currently looking like this:
With the amount of youth that Mariners have currently, it was not a bad idea to see if Flexen has picked any nuances up about pitching during his year in South Korea. And if the experiment does not work, then he is still on a team friendly two year contract, and will not cost the Mariners much to get rid of him.