Boston Red Sox Decline Pitcher's Option

The Boston Red Sox have declined their two-year, $26 million team option with James Paxton. Yet, that does not mean that his time with Boston is over just yet, as the veteran starter has a $4 million player option that he can accept.

This was an obvious decision made by the Red Sox. Paxton was unable to make a single appearance for the team this season, as he's still recovering from 2021 Tommy John surgery. It was a gamble made by the Red Sox, but at the end of the day, it did not work out.

If Paxton decides to accept his player option, it would guarantee him a homebosto for 2023. That may not be a bad thing for him to do, as has only pitched in six games since 2020. However, when healthy, he was very good, as he has a 57-33 record and 3.59 ERA in 137 career games.