The Walker Lockett era in Toronto is over before it began.
The Blue Jays claimed the righty off of waivers from the Seattle Mariners earlier this month ahead of the Rule 5 Draft but it looks like he’ll never pitch for the club. Lockett has reportedly inked a deal with the Doosan Bears of the Korean Baseball Organization.
Several media outlets in Korea are reporting that @walker_lockett is close to signing a new contract w/ #DoosanBears. Since Lockett is on #BlueJays 40 man roster, buy-out needs to be worked out between the Bears and @BlueJays. More to come. #KBO https://t.co/xHUA7QpMGj
— Daniel Kim 대니얼 김 (@DanielKimW) December 21, 2020
Lockett has had a wild few months. He was claimed by the Mariners from the Mets in September and then he was claimed by the Blue Jays in December and now he’s off to Korea.
At best, Lockett was going to be organizational pitching depth for the Jays, so this isn’t much of a loss, and it’ll open up a spot on the 40-man roster that the team will need when (if???) they sign a free agent.
Elsewhere, according to a minor-league transactions post from Baseball America, the …
Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation