James Paxton exercises his $4 million option

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Boras on Paxton returning: “He’s very comfortable there…. He really felt it was the best thing at this point in his career.”

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Boras says Paxton’s decision was more about comfort than money. “Sometimes it’s better to take the six-pack than the champagne.”
People seem to forget that a million dollars is still a lot of money. Four millions is even more. Paxton has made over $40 million in his career.

Once you have enormous wealth, happiness becomes more important than more money. Plus, if he is healthy, he'll get another market rate contract next year.

Athletes aren't known for lacking confidence in their abilities. Paxton probably thinks like Joe Kelly... He's just an adjustment or two away from winning the Cy Young.
 

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As for the 40-man roster, I'm not understanding the concern. There are half a dozen guys on the roster right now that are likely to be non-tendered, traded, or DFA. I'm not sure they're going to be all that precious about holding on to the likes of Yu Chang or Caleb Hamilton.
A lot of their top prospects are rule 5 eligible, prospect rankings from mlb.com:

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Ceddanne Rafaela, SS (No. 3/MLB No. 96)
Brandon Walter, LHP (No. 7)
Chris Murphy, RHP (No. 11)
Eddison Paulino, SS (No. 13)
Wikelman Gonzalez, RHP (No. 14)
Thad Ward, RHP (No. 15)
Brainer Bonaci, SS (No. 16)
Enmanuel Valdez, 2B (No. 18)
Christian Koss, 3B (No. 20)
Wilyer Abreu, OF (No. 23)
 

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How many pitchers will they carry on the 40-man, though? They’ve probably got room for another starter but then I think they will have to start making some decisions about some of the depth they have.

Sale, Paxton, Pivetta, Bello, Whitlock, Crawford, Winckowski, Mata, Walter, Murphy, Seabold, Ward, Gonzalez…that’s 13 guys right there. Add in Houck, Schreiber, Taylor, German, Kelly, Brasier and Barnes and you are at 20 pitchers already. Some of these guys are expendable but it gets really hard to add a guy like Rich Hill, IMO.
 

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A lot of their top prospects are rule 5 eligible, prospect rankings from mlb.com:

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Ceddanne Rafaela, SS (No. 3/MLB No. 96)
Brandon Walter, LHP (No. 7)
Chris Murphy, RHP (No. 11)
Eddison Paulino, SS (No. 13)
Wikelman Gonzalez, RHP (No. 14)
Thad Ward, RHP (No. 15)
Brainer Bonaci, SS (No. 16)
Enmanuel Valdez, 2B (No. 18)
Christian Koss, 3B (No. 20)
Wilyer Abreu, OF (No. 23)
Paulino, Wikelman, and Bonaci are far enough off to not be too concerned. Koss isnt worth worrying about.

Rafaela, Walter, and Murphy were always likely to be added. Ward, Valdez and Abreu were always the question mark guys. I'd probably add Valdez given how close he is and Ward because you could conceivably park him a ML pen. Abreu still seems far enough way and not enough upside to really entice anyone.
 

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Chaim gets his project guy early @ 4 mil - good project arm and at a great price.
We need to sign another "good" and "dependable" arm for the rotation
Always good to have a lot of depth - surplus can be used as trade chips
Hill already talked about waiting until the all-star break to catch on with a team for a half season. He wants to return to Boston - Might be a good guy stashed in our back pocket if needed.
 

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People seem to forget that a million dollars is still a lot of money. Four millions is even more. Paxton has made over $40 million in his career.

Once you have enormous wealth, happiness becomes more important than more money.
Fair point.

It’s probably also fair to note that government(s) and his agent(s) have received a good chunk (almost half?) of that $40m. $20m is a not insubstantial net worth, but Paxton is still a young man, and a healthy free agent pitcher could expect to do better than $4m after putting up a good show after a ST invite. I will be very pleasantly surprised if he makes 20 starts next year.
 

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How many pitchers will they carry on the 40-man, though? They’ve probably got room for another starter but then I think they will have to start making some decisions about some of the depth they have.

Sale, Paxton, Pivetta, Bello, Whitlock, Crawford, Winckowski, Mata, Walter, Murphy, Seabold, Ward, Gonzalez…that’s 13 guys right there. Add in Houck, Schreiber, Taylor, German, Kelly, Brasier and Barnes and you are at 20 pitchers already. Some of these guys are expendable but it gets really hard to add a guy like Rich Hill, IMO.
I'm not expecting brasier or Taylor to be an issue. Brasier is expendable and Taylor spent the whole year not recovering from a back injury that was AFAIK, treated only with rest and hope, and never got better.
 

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I'm not expecting brasier or Taylor to be an issue. Brasier is expendable and Taylor spent the whole year not recovering from a back injury that was AFAIK, treated only with rest and hope, and never got better.
I agree, but they will likely be replaced with other relievers. They can’t carry 15 starters on the 40-man.
 

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I don't think Braiser or Taylor will be on the 40-man when it comes time to protect prospects from the Rule 5 draft. After the draft, I would expect some transactions that would free up roster spots as necessary.