Taijuan Walker Will Be Signing with the Mariners (UPDATE)

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Taijuan Walker Will Be Signing with the Mariners (UPDATE)

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Although he came to Cubs camp earlier this week to throw for members of the front office, big righty Taijuan Walker will not be the next member of the Cubs’ Reclamation and Pitch Lab University.

Walker was at camp with the Mariners today and tweeted this:

Reports later indicated that, yeah, he’s returning to the organization that drafted him:

Per previous reports, Walker had a “standing offer” to sign a big league deal with the Mariners and slide right into their rotation, despite two years missed with Tommy John surgery and then shoulder issues.

I suspect Walker (and the Cubs) was just making sure there wouldn’t be a better offer forthcoming from other suitors before going where he was comfortable. To be honest, it would’ve been a shock if he got a big league deal from the Cubs at the moment, given the uncertainty of his near-term future and the Cubs’ financial shackles.

UPDATE: Yup, it’s a big league deal for a couple million:



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.