By Sam Bush
The Mets did not make a qualifying offer on Taijuan Walker, who was a better-than-league-average starter in 2022.
That helped his market.
The Phillies paid for certainty and, although Walker might not resemble a workhorse of old, he represented one of the closest things to it in this free-agent market.
Not to mention, the Phils snagged a pitcher who was lights out against them in all of 2022.
“You can see in the marketplace, there’s a whole number of pitchers that are throwing 60 and 70 innings that have been pursued … at the threshold of around $13 (million) to $15 million a year because the demand for quality pitching is so great,” Scott Boras said Tuesday morning before Walker signed.
“So, Tai at (30) is one of the younger ones, one of the more durable ones, and we expect him to be pursued greatly as his market unfolds.”