NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 15: (NEW YORK DALIES OUT) Taijuan Walker #00 of the Toronto Blue Jays in action against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on September 15, 2020 in New York City. The Yankees defeated the Blue Jays 20-6. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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According to Robert Murray of FanSided, the Toronto Blue Jays have shown recent interest in Taijuan Walker while keeping in contact with the free agent all offseason. The Jays are in desperate need of another starting pitching and Walker would definitely improve the staff.
The 28-year old was acquired by Toronto from the Mariners at the end of August last season in exchange for Alberto Rodriguez. The right-hander impressed in his six starts with the Blue Jays posting a 2-1 record with a 1.37 earned run average while fanning 25 in just 26.1 innings of work. Walker made a combined 11 starts in 2020 posting a 2.70 earned run average with a 0.9 WAR.
The oft-injured Waker really turned a corner last season and is undoubtedly seeking a raise from the modest $2 million he earned in 2020. According to Murray, it appears the length of the proposed contract is currently a sticking point with both sides.
Although a deal is reportedly not close, the brain trust need to land one of either Walker, James Paxton or Jake…