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Mets sign Taijuan Walker to two-year deal with third year option

The Mets have added some depth with the free agent pitcher.

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Taijuan Walker (00) throws a pitch during the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.  Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets have been aggressive this offseason, and they made another big move over the weekend. The team announced the signing of starting pitcher Taijuan Walker to a two-year deal with a player option for 2023. The first two years of the deal are worth $20 million, according to AMNY.

Walker joins the Mets after splitting the shortened 2020 season between the Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays. He opened the season with the Mariners, making five starts and pitching 27 innings before the Blue Jays acquired him in a late August trade. In 11 total starts on the year, Walker was 4-3 over 53 13 innings with a 2.70 ERA and 1.16 WHIP, to go along with 50 strikeouts and 19 walks.

2020 was a strong return to form for Walker after missing most of the 2018 and 2019 seasons due to injury. He had “Tommy John” surgery in April 2018 after three starts and then made one start on the final day of the 2019 season in his return from the injury.