This previous offseason used to be no longer going to be the time the Seattle Mariners made a bevy of pricy strikes in free agency. Now not with the workers thinking about getting its young potentialities closer to the majors and cash tight after a season with no fans in stadiums.
The Mariners had to be suave to bolster some of their wants.
Enter Chris Flexen.
Seattle wished as a minimum one extra arm for its pitching rotation and it unearthed Flexen, who after spending the 2020 season pitching in South Korea, used to be ready for a return to the majors and the risk to restart a profession that didn’t begin neatly during his time with the Unusual York Mets.
Flexen signed a $4.75 million, two-one year contract with a club option for 2023.
“One thing to steal in mind I think, everybody says, ‘ah, he spent a whereas in Korea.’ He is easy handiest 26 years aged,” Seattle manager Scott Servais acknowledged. “I study it, he fits correct into our community. He had success over in Korea. He’s looking to internet that to translate over right here.”
Barring a setback during spring training, Flexen is already written into Seattle’s six-man pitching rotation that is heavy on left-handers and desires his correct-handed arm.
Flexen never found solid flooring in the majors during the three seasons he shuffled support and forth between the minors and the Mets. The foremost foremost league hitter Flexen faced in his debut —Manuel Margot — took him deep in 2017.
There clearly used to be potential, but there used to be never consistency. Which all led to an horrible 3-11 document and an ERA north of 8.00 in the 27 appearances he made for the Mets between 2017-19.
So it used to be off to South Korea and a chance with the Doosan Bears in the Korean Baseball Organization.
“(He) kind of had a profession changing expertise remaining one year in Korea and has in actuality learned who he is and what makes him tick,” Seattle pitching coach Pete Woodworth acknowledged.
Whereas the majors were shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Flexen used to be making begins and racking up innings. He began 21 games for Doosan in the ordinary season with an 8-4 document and a 3.01 ERA. He struck out 132 batters in 116 2/3 innings, and made three begins in the playoffs prior to Doosan lost to the NC Dinos in the Korean World Assortment.
Flexen found the feel for an aged-long-established 12-to-6 curveball, to affiliate with a cutter and alternate up in his pitching arsenal. He also took his health and conditioning extra severely. When he pitched for the Mets, Flexen used to be above 250 pounds. Now, he’s around 215.
“You study video from when he used to be with the Mets, and then you definately begin looking at some video on how he used to be doing over in Korea, it used to be two different pitchers,” Servais acknowledged.
Flexen made his spring training debut on Friday, throwing two innings against the Chicago White Sox and striking out three whereas giving up one earned chase and two hits. It used to be his first time pitching on American soil since Aug. 31, 2019, with Triple-A Syracuse in the Mets group.
A one year ago, Flexen used to be going thru spring training out of the country, spending time in Australia and Japan to internet ready for the KBO season.
“Upright a existence expertise to be ready to trot to different international locations and with a brand recent group as neatly broad for me,” Flexen acknowledged.
Where Flexen slots into Seattle’s rotation will seemingly be price watching as Servais figures out how to destroy up a community that includes lefties Marco Gonzales, Yusei Kikuchi, James Paxton and Justus Sheffield.
“It’s nice having veteran guys who have been there, watching your bullpens and giving you that solutions, as neatly as the pitching coaches and catchers,” Flexen acknowledged. “That’s definitely a broad manufacture in a obvious potential, and folks guys have welcomed me since Day One.”
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