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Sports Walker intrigued by Blue Jays reunion: 'The team is really good'

20:26  29 october  2020
20:26  29 october  2020 Source:   thescore.com

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It appears that free-agent pitcher Taijuan Walker would consider a reunion with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Taijuan Walker in a blue uniform on a baseball field © Jim McIsaac / Getty Images Sport / Getty

"Look, the team is really good," the 28-year-old recently told Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith about possibly re-signing with Toronto. "They're going to be good for a long time, man. Right away I connected with everyone.

"They have really good staff, coaches, training staff," he added. "For me, it's all about comfort and people. Being connected and having that family, and that's what it felt like."

The Blue Jays acquired Walker from the Seattle Mariners on Aug. 27. He pitched well for Toronto down the stretch, going 2-1 with a 1.37 ERA during six starts.

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Those stats, combined with how he performed in Seattle (2-2, 1.07 WHIP), have put Walker in a good position to find work this offseason.

However, he intends to do more to separate himself from other free-agent pitchers, including expanding his pitching repertoire through the use of advanced baseball technology, which he didn't fully dive into last season because of the shortened campaign.

"A month and a half is not a lot of time to really focus on all of that stuff, so, I feel like there's just a lot more that I can do to unlock my full potential. (The Blue Jays) have so much technology and so many resources that I would love to go back and dive into that with them," Walker explained.

"Because they're so smart. They know what they're talking about. I think it'd be awesome just to have a full offseason with them, or even spring training, just to dial all that in."

In 2020, Walker made more than three starts for the first time since 2017 after he missed substantial time recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Over the span of eight seasons, the Louisiana native owns a 35-34 record with a 3.84 ERA and 4.24 FIP across 108 appearances, including 105 starts.

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Mutual interest to get contract done quickly led to Ray signing with Blue Jays .
The Toronto Blue Jays were eager to shore up their rotation after losing some pitchers to free agency. Robbie Ray was keen to return on a short-term deal. The timing worked for all involved. Ray became the first free agent to sign with a team this off-season and the Blue Jays were pleased to have more stability on the mound. "I felt like I was in a position where I felt like a one-year deal was something that was going to be necessary for me to boost my value going into the next free agency," Ray said Tuesday. "It just so happened that there was a fit with Toronto.

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