The New York Mets have reportedly added another veteran pitcher to their arsenal of arms.
News coming out of Port Saint Lucie this morning. According to MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo, the Mets have reportedly come to terms with free agent pitcher Taijuan Walker on a two-year $20 million contract with a player option for the potential of a third year.
Walker’s deal comes just a few weeks after missing out on new Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer.
The former first round pick pitched to a 4-3 record with a 2.70 ERA (4.56 FIP), splitting the shortened 2020 season between the Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays. His stretch of starts with the Blue Jays opened a lot of eyes, throwing to a 1.37 ERA over 26.1 IP.
The right hander will seemingly slide in the final spot of the rotation behind Jacob deGrom, Marcus Stroman, Carlos Carrasco, and David Peterson.
Injuries have been an issue for Walker throughout his career, specifically the last three seasons. The right hander has only thrown for a combined 67.1 innings over the last three seasons.
The new regime under owner Steve Cohen have stayed busy this offseason, as they continue to look to add more pieces to the roster, and this is another example. The depth in the Mets organization, specifically between the Mets and AAA affiliate Syracuse has gone through a complete face lift in comparison to last season.