Blue Jays: Three free agent arms who could solidify the rotation
The offseason chatter surrounding Taijuan Walker has been surprisingly non existent among potential suitors. Walker is surely to benefit from a weak free agent pitching class and is presumably waiting for Trevor Bauer to come off the board before he gets a true gauge of his value on the open market.
For me, a healthy Walker brings a ton of potential to the table and seems to have barely scratched the surface following his cup of coffee with the Blue Jays last season. The 28-year old was finally healthy and the results transcended into his 2020 stat line.
In 11 starts with the Mariners and Blue Jays, Walker went 4-3 with a 2.70 earned run average while fanning 50 in 53.1 innings. The right-hander was lights out following his trade to Toronto in late August posting an impressive 1.37 earned run average in six starts. Walker allowed just four earned runs in 26.1 innings of work in a Toronto uniform.
Walker earned a modest $2 million last season and will undoubtedly multiply that number ten-fold. I would be all for the Blue Jays offering Walker a two-year/ $24 million dollar deal to return to the Blue Jays.
Walker has spoken publicly a few times about his time in Toronto and just how impressed he was with the organization, fans and pitching coach Pete Walker. It doesn’t seem like it will be a tough sell for the Blue Jays if they are willing to throw a competitive offer in his direction.