Mariners Sign Chris Flexen to a 2 Year Deal

NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 08: Chris Flexen #64 of the New York Mets celebrates the final out of the fourth inning against the Texas Rangers during interleague play on August 8, 2017 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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:

Marco Gonzalez

Yusei Kikuchi

Justus Sheffield

Nick Margevicius

Justin Dunn

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.

Published by riskomatt

I am a 23 year old college baseball player at Cumberland University. In the past I have worked for Baseball Info Solutions, I have coached at varying levels, ranging from youth, to collegiate. I am a sports management major in college, entering my senior year, with a minor in journalism. I love to write and I love baseball, so a blog seemed once again a great place to start. Former owner of Its Always Baseball Season sports blog.

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