PHILS OFFSEASON STEAL TAIJUAN WALKER SIGNS: 4 YEARS, $72M!

It’s a steal because he won 12 games for NL East rival New York Mets last season, but primarily because the Phillies seemingly couldn’t hit Walker any time he pitched against them in 2022!

By Sam Bush

The Phillies stayed in the news today by announcing that they have signed right-hander Taijuan Walker to a four-year deal.

MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki is reporting that the deal is worth $72 million.

Walker joins Zack Wheeler, Aaron Nola and Ranger Suárez in the rotation, while a combination of left-handers Bailey Falter and Cristopher Sánchez and top pitching prospects like righty Andrew Painter will vie for the No. 5 job.

Walker joins lefty Matt Strahm, who signed a two-year deal last week, as Philadelphia’s second and third significant moves of the Winter Meetings as it tries to upgrade its National League championship roster with a flurry of moves that had everybody talking in the lobby of the Manchester Grand Hyatt last week.

The Phillies agreed to an 11-year, $300 million deal on Dec. 5 with shortstop Trea Turner, who turned down a $342 million offer from the Padres, a source told MLB.com.

But the Phillies checked off three boxes during the Winter Meetings: shortstop, rotation and bullpen, although they could find more relievers.

Walker went 12-5 with a 3.49 ERA in 29 starts last season with the Mets. He struck out 132 and walked 45 in 157 1/3 innings. He threw 159 innings with New York in 2021, making the National League All-Star team.

 

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