With the recent acquisition of 2B Kolten Wong off free agency, the Milwaukee Brewers are talking business. There have been big names in discussion when it comes to who the Brewers are going to sign next, but the one name that comes to mind for many fans? Taijuan Walker.
Let’s Look at Pitching
When taking a look at the Brewers starting rotation, it’s really what helped carry the Brewers in 2020. Offense was terrible, but pitching finished 4th in the league with their 6.4 fWAR. It’s not that the Brewers need a rebuild in their pitching, they performed fairly well. It’s just time for some new faces in the rotation for the crew. In a rotation behind Brandon Woodruff, Corbin Burnes, Walker would make a great third spot in the rotation.
Building a strong starting rotation is what’ll help the Brewers climb their way to the top. If they want to make a fourth consecutive postseason appearance, they’re going to need all hands on deck.
What’s So Special About Taijuan Walker?
Taijuan Walker spent 2020 with both the Seattle Mariners, where he would put up a 4.00 ERA before being traded to the Blue Jays right before the trading deadline. He was able to finish out his season, pitching 11 games and posted a 2.70 ERA. Walker did miss the 2018 and 2019 season due to Tommy John surgery. However, just because he had a short stint of 11 games this past season, doesn’t mean that’s how he’s going to go into the 2021 season. It’s surprising that he’s still on the market, honestly.
Walker is a good pitcher and a good asset to the team, Milwaukee would be really lucky to have him in their clubhouse. Once the righty is back to his normal health, the Brewers should be able to sign him for little but lock him up for a couple of years.
It wouldn’t come as a shock if the Brewers were to sign Taijuan Walker to a Minor League deal with an invite to Spring Training camp; Work his way up to being in the active roster.
There’s only two weeks until Spring Training, meaning baseball is back, and it’s championship season.