For the past few weeks The Mets have been looking to add to their rotation and with the loss of Seth Lugo to an injury that need became even more pressing. Today it appears the team has found that piece-Taijuan Walker who was the best option left in the starting pitcher marketplace.
In 2020 Walker was 4-3 with an ERA of 2.70 combining stints with the Mariners and Jays. He will the join the back end of the Met rotation that includes Jacob deGrom, Marcus Stroman, Carlos Carrasco and David Peterson.
The deal which will be a 2 year $20 million dollar contract pending a physical, gives the Mets the depth they need as they await the return of Noah Syndergaard come mid-season. Overall, this gives the team the best rotation in the division and further entrenches them as NL East contenders.
An off-season that included Lindor, Carrasco, McCann, May, Loup, and tons of roster depth has propelled the team into contender status. And anyone that classifies this off-season as disappointing needs to take a baseball transaction course or have their eyes checked. Sandy Alderson has done a terrific job building this roster and he still might have a surprise or two up his sleeve as I suspect he will turn his attention to contract extensions for Michael Conforto and Francisco Lindor.