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Thursday, December 10, 2020

Ex-Met Chris Flexen signs with Mariners after success in Korean league

Chris Flexen, the former Mets draft pick who spent the 2020 season in Korea, will return to the major leagues on a two-year, $4.75-million deal with the Mariners, The Post has learned. Michael Mayer of Metsmerized first reported that Flexen would sign with the Mariners.

The 26-year-old, selected by the Mets in the 14th round of the 2012 draft, tallied an 8.07 ERA in 27 games, 11 of them starts, with the Mets from 2017 through 2019. A year ago, during the Winter Meetings, Flexen (who is represented by Tom O’Connell) opted to head to Asia, signing a one-year, $750,000 contract with the Doosan Bears of the Korea Baseball Association. That turned out to be a master stroke for more reasons than simply getting Flexen regular reps.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 10, 2020 at 11:27 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Adam Starblind Posted: December 10, 2020 at 12:01 PM (#5993528)
This deal seems ... unwarranted.
   2. CFBF's Results are Certified Posted: December 10, 2020 at 12:13 PM (#5993531)
The Mariners are really Flexen their financial muscles with this move.
   3. Walt Davis Posted: December 10, 2020 at 04:28 PM (#5993610)
Yeah, it does. His year wasn't super-amazing or anything -- ERA around 3, 10 K/9. Also a reminder of how underpaid the pre-arb guys are.

It's not unheard of though. Cub farmhand Pierce Johnson went to Japan for a year as a reliever, posted an ERA under 1.50 with 14 K/9 and got 2/$5 from the Giants, pitched well in 2020. Mikolas had 3 very strong seasons in Japan starting that translated to 2/$15 then 4/$68 after an excellent first year. (Just OK in 2019, didn't pitch in 2020.) I think there was another guy last year brought back from Korea on a deal similar to this one but can't recall a name.
   4. vortex of dissipation Posted: December 10, 2020 at 04:46 PM (#5993615)
I think there was another guy last year brought back from Korea on a deal similar to this one but can't recall a name.

Josh Lindblom was the MVP in the KBO in 2019, and then signed a three-year deal with Milwaukee.
   5. Walt Davis Posted: December 11, 2020 at 06:58 PM (#5993764)
Wow, Lindblom (a reliever in MLB) became a starter in KBO where he went 35-7 over 2 years which is gonna get you paid somewhere. Had a solid FIP, strong K-rate, lousy ERA as a mostly starter in 2020.

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