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MLB Breaking News: Mets To Sign Taijuan Walker

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MLB Breaking News: In a surprising move, the New York Mets have added some depth to their starting rotation by signing right-handed pitcher Taijuan Walker to a deal. The former first-round draft pick of the Seattle Mariners has signed a two-year contract with the Mets worth $20 million. Per Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

According to Sherman, Walker will get $10 million in 2021, $7 million in 2022, plus incentives and a player option for 2023.

MLB Breaking News: Mets Add Depth

With Noah Syndergaard out until June or July as he continues rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, the Mets needed to go out and get a back of the rotation starter. With the addition of Walker, the Mets have added depth where it was needed the most. The Mets still have Jacob deGrom, Marcus Stroman, and Carlos Carrasco at the top of the rotation, but with the addition of Walker, the Mets have a rotation with the makings to be one of the best in the National League East.

After splitting time between the Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays, Walker comes to the Mets after going 4-3 with a 2.70 ERA, 50 strikeouts, and a 1.16 WHIP in 2020.

The Mets were able to sign a good pitcher that will be able to eat up some innings this season. The Mets have enough cap room to go out and make a couple of additional moves if they need to before Opening Day.

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Jeff "Rip" Griffin is a current MLB writer covering the Houston Astros. Rip is also the host of The Rip Griffin Show on Apple Podcasts. Rip holds a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology, focusing in Sports Management from the University of Houston - Victoria.