Every Single 2020 Free Agent the Blue Jays could be Interested in
By Reuben Gasee
Taijuan Walker was once a former surefire, can’t miss prospect that was expected to be among the best pitchers in the major leagues. Unfortunately, he never lived up to his top prospect potential and has settled into the middle of the pack among major league pitchers.
In 2018, Walker suffered a torn UCL in which he was only healthy enough to make three starts. He missed a big chunk of time as he was only able to return for the final game of the season in 2019 pitching one inning.
He ended up being non-tendered by the Diamondbacks in which he reunited with the Mariners for his second stint for the 2020 season.
With the Mariners in 2020, Walker made five starts going 2-2 with 4.00 ERA over 27 innings pitched. As the Mariners weren’t competing for a playoff spot, he was made available for trade in which the Blue Jays seemingly got him out of nowhere without being linked to him.
In six starts with the Blue Jays, he was magnificent going 2-1 with a 1.37 ERA over 26.1 innings pitched.
On the 2020 season as a whole, he was 4-3 with a 2.70 ERA with an opponent average of .214 over 53.1 innings in 11 starts.
The Blue Jays will probably attempt to bring him back in hopes that he can continue his success with the team. With Walker seemingly healthy and a successful 2020 season behind him, he will be looking for a multi-year contract.