Daily Duce: Taijuan Walker signs with the Mets, Charlie Montoyo talks about pitchers and positional versatility, and more!


It’s Transaction Friday, but not for the Blue Jays, unfortunately. The New York Mets have reached a deal with Taijuan Walker…

#mets in agreement with Taijuan Walkerat 2 years, $20M. There is a player option for a third year, pending physical
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) February 19, 2021

The deal will apparently pay Walker $20 million over two seasons and it has an option for a third year. According to Ben Nicholson-Smith, the Blue Jays had interest in Walker and he also had interest in sticking around, but the team didn’t get in the mix as the Mets upped the ante over the past week.
Given the dollars and the term, it isn’t all that shocking that the Blue Jays didn’t end up signing Walker. We knew that the team wasn’t going to be handing out another big contract and that they were avoiding commitments that went beyond this season so that they can maintain the most possible flexibility come next off-season.
If they were able to move a contract like Tanner Roark or Randal Grichuk, bringing back Walker, even on a two-year deal, would have made sense, but that didn’t happen, so here we are. The last …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

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