I think it will remain as a choice that really changed my life.
Right-hander Chris Flexen (29), who played an active role as a foreign pitcher for the Doosan Bears in 2020, recorded an ERA of 8-4 and 3.01 in the regular season, and then succeeded in re-entering the major leagues with strong pitching in the postseason. He was a ‘failed prospect in the major leagues’ when he came to Korea, but his status was different when he returned to the United States. The size of the contract signed by the Seattle Mariners with Flexen is up to 12.75 million dollars (approximately 16.2 billion won) for 2+1 years.
Flexen played an active part as Seattle’s main starting pitcher in 2021 and threw 179⅔ innings, recording a 14-6 loss with an average ERA of 3.61 and accomplished a’life reversal’. Last year, he went 8-9 with a 3.73 earned run average in 137⅔ innings. He had no choice but to reduce the number of innings as he went back and forth between the starter and the bullpen.
Fortunately, Flexen had an option to be guaranteed $8 million (approximately 10.1 billion won) in 2023 when he pitched 300 innings in 2021-2022, and the option was able to be executed while passing it easily. The 2+1 year contract with Seattle was completed with a 3-year contract, and this year is the last year of the contract.
One question I have here. Already, Flexen is a player who debuted in the major leagues with the New York Mets in 2017, and has only filled 2.107 years of service time so far. Is it possible to obtain FA qualification after this season? He must complete six years of service time to qualify as a free agent in the major leagues.
‘MLB Trade Rumors (MLBTR)’, which deals with major league news, recently confirmed Flexen’s FA qualification and said, “Flexen will not be able to fill 6 years of service time after the 2023 season, but like most contracts from the KBO League and NPB, I confirmed that I will become a free agent at the end of this season.” Even if he plays full-time this year, his service time is a little over 3 years, so he can apply for FA. In order for Flexen to properly fill the 6 years of service time, free agency is expected to be possible after the 2026 season. 토토사이트
Flexen is expected to be traded ahead of the start of this season. This is because Seattle has built up a solid starting pitching team, including Luis Castillo, Robbie Ray, Logan Gilbert, and George Kirby.
‘MLBTR’ said, “Seattle makes up an excellent 1-4 starter with Castillo-Ray-Gilbert-Kirby. Here, Seattle also has options for Flexen and Marco Gonzalez. Behind Flexen and Gonzalez, Emerson Hancock, Bryce Miller, and Taylor Dole “There are prospects such as Rad. All of them have enjoyed success by reaching Double A and are getting close to making their major league debut,” he said. said.
Regarding this, ‘The Athletic’ predicted, “If another team has an injury in spring training, Seattle will also find a way to trade Flexen.” Will Flexen change their uniform before the start of this season?