2. James Paxton
If you could point to one person and say ‘There. Right there. That’s the opposite of Trevor Bauer,’ you’d probably be pointing at James Paxton.
Stoic, serious and focused, the native of Ladner, B.C. enjoyed six solid seasons with the Seattle Mariners before being traded to the New York Yankees ahead of the 2019 season.
If the Blue Jays are to go after Paxton, it won’t be their first time. The Jays drafted the six-foot-four southpaw in the first round of the 2009 Amateur Draft, only to see him not sign.
Paxton is also comfortable on the Rogers Centre mound. He had what is thus far his career-defining moment under the CN Tower in 2018, when he no-hit the Blue Jays on just 99 pitches.