Teams are still taking a chance on them though because what if things finally come together (or back together) for them this season? If everything were to finally fall into place for that player, they could be a difference maker in the team’s season.
Still the teams who are taking a chance on these kinds of players, whether they’re already on the big league club or were just given the chance to make the team via an invite to big league camp during spring training, patience is beginning to wear thin. These players need to come up big in spring training and during the early part of the season or potentially be replaced, released or relegated to the minors.
There’s always another year where they might get another chance with another club, but for the five players from the American League West highlighted in this short series, it is a make-or-break season with their current organization.
It is a make it or break it year for Seattle Mariners’ starter James Paxton. The left-hander has been outstanding when he has pitched in the majors but injuries have derailed his career holding him to just 67.0 innings last season and 74.0 innings the year before.
For more on Paxton’s plight to make the Mariners’ starting rotation you can read the remainder of my column on Today’s Knuckleball by following the link below: