Seattle, which achieved a thrilling postseason advance last year with a steady rise in performance, has been spurring toward higher places with aggressive investments and trades in recent years. One of the most successful and efficient investments here is, by far, Chris Flexen (29).
Flexen, who made his major league debut with the New York Mets in 2017 but was not particularly successful, eventually wore a Doosan uniform after receiving interest from Korean and Japanese clubs in 2020. Although he struggled somewhat with an injury at Doosan, Flexen, who was recognized for his strong skills, signed a two-year contract with Seattle for a total of 4.75 million dollars (about 6 billion won) and returned to the United States.
At the time, while the earth was paralyzed by the novel coronavirus infection (Corona 19), Seattle could not directly see the contents of Flexen’s pitching. We analyzed the player through video and collected data and testimonies from officials during his time with the Mets. As a result, he decided that he had become a better player than before going to Korea, and approached Flexen. His career wasn’t special, so he didn’t have to spend a lot of money.
However, Flexen came back as a ‘big hit’. 스포츠토토 Contrary to the initial expectation that he would play as a 5th starter or a swingman, he became the team’s built-in starter, and in 31 games in 2021, he went 14-6 and had an average ERA of 3.61. Last year, he went back and forth between the starter and the bullpen, and showed a remarkable performance with an average ERA of 3.73 with 8 wins and 9 losses in 33 games (22 starts).
Flexen, whose $8 million team option was automatically executed after two years of activity, also achieved a financial dream that was unimaginable in the KBO League. However, he has an ambiguous position this year. Seattle’s starting rotation is fairly full, and Flexen’s lack of a spot was proven by the bullpen move in the second half of last year. Luis Castillo, Robbie Ray, Logan Gilbert and George Kirby are joined by Marco Gonzalez.
As a result, it is being discussed as a potential trade candidate locally. Since it is a proven skill at a low price, there is an analysis that the trade value is also quite high.
On the 5th (Korean time), US CBS Sports also selected Flexen as one of them while selecting the players with the highest trade value this offseason. CBS Sports said, “Flexen switched to the bullpen at the end of last year, and when the 6th starter is inevitable, the number one goal will be to join the rotation.” , and with few good starting pitchers left on the free agent market, Seattle could make a huge profit in the seller’s market.”
Teams in urgent need of a starter can put Flexen as a trade candidate. It is not an ace level, but it has proven its 4th and 5th starting skills, and its annual salary is 8 million dollars, which is one of the cheapest. If that’s the case, Seattle has a way to bargain with Flexen and transfuse the best prospect or immediate sense of power. If you get 22 wins for 4.75 million dollars for 2 years, and you can receive players when you send them out, this contract is likely to literally turn out to be a jackpot.