How the Mariners used a ‘hometown discount’ and some luck to land James Paxton again

"Не имеет значения, что думают другие – поскольку они в любом случае что-нибудь подумают." Пауло Коэльо ©

PEORIA, Ariz. — As they watched James Paxton go into that unique delivery they’d seen so many times before, firing fastball after fastball — all of them sitting around 92-93 mph — a feeling of excitement surged through Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto, assistant general manager Justin Hollander and manager Scott Servais. But with each pitch, fatalism started to creep into their minds. There was no chance they’d get him back in a Mariners uniform. It was late November and scouts from more than 20 major-league teams traveled to the Athletic Training Institute in Bellevue to watch the big le…

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