Mets Sign Taijuan Walker – Complete Their Rotation
The New York Mets sign Taijuan Walker as reported by Andy Martino of SNY.
Walker will be the fourth starter to start the season, and come June when the rotation is fully healthy he will be the fifth starter. Walker is 27 years old, and has been with a few teams since making his major league debut in 2013 with the Seattle Mariners.
He was traded in 2020 from the Mariners to the Blue Jays, and with Toronto he had a 1.37 ERA. Although his career ERA is closer to 4, the second half of 2020 is a solid indication for where he is now in his career.
This is a great signing for the Mets, Walker is not going to be the top guy in the rotation He gets to learn from Jacob deGrom, the best pitcher in baseball.
The Mets missed out on Trevor Bauer, I don’t really thing that was a huge loss for the Mets, they are so deep in the starting pitcher category and made that rotation stronger this off-season also bringing in Carlos Carrasco.
The other pitching staffs in the NL East are great as well, so the Mets needed someone else to make them a clear and away number one. Buster Olney didn’t even list Noah Syndergaard who is hopefully making his return in June from injury.
Marcus Stroman is back after opting out of the 2020 season, making Walker the number four in the rotation for the time being, but a damn good arm to not even be a top-three pitcher on the team.
Yeah, I have a bias, but the Mets are a top-two rotation in all of baseball behind only the Dodgers. Steve Cohen has done enough in his first year as an owner to make this team a legitimate World Series contender.
TL//DR: Mets sign Taijuan Walker