Toronto Blue Jazz acquire Taijuan Walker from Seattle Mariners

The Seattle Mariners have traded right-handed Taizuan Walker to the Toronto Blue Jays, the teams announced Thursday.

In return, Seattle would later receive a player named after or cash consideration.

Walker is 2-2 with a 4.00 ERA out of five this season. He has a career record of 33–33 in eight major league seasons with a 3.95 ERA, and he made just one appearance last season with Arizona while recovering from elbow surgery.

He will be a free agent after the 2020 season, for which he is making $ 740,000 for 60 games.

Toronto is 15-14 through Wednesday’s games and is competing for the final American League spot in the expanded 16-team playoff tournament.

On Wednesday, the 28-year-old Walker stood in an emotional meeting, explaining why he believed that it was not necessary for the Mariners to play. Seattle players unanimously decided to skip the game against San Diego Padre at Petco Park in view of the weekend shooting by police of a black man Jacob Blake in Wisconsin.

“Glad to be apart of this organization and group of people!” Walker tweeted Wednesday night after the Mariners decided not to play. “Thank you for always standing with us !!”

The Blue Jays started pitcher Matt Shoemaker on the 10-day injured list Sunday with a disorganized strain. He is considered week-to-week.

Jeff Pasen of ESPN contributed to this report.


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