Not sure what Taijuan Walker is doing, but he clearly wants to join the Yankees. Or not.
Taijuan Walker is a master troll who’s spent the entire offseason trying to fit himself into the Yankees’ budget.
But Walker’s work reached a fever pitch on Friday night, in the wee hours of the morning after the Yankees reached an agreement with Corey Kluber on an $11 million, one-year deal.
Without a roster spot or much budgetary room to work with, the likelihood of an additional rotation signing without clearing some salary was low. But that didn’t stop Walker from going after Yankees’ fans hearts and minds, using Twitter for its intended purpose: stirring up drama.
Past midnight, Walker changed his profile picture to a navy blue circle, liked a tweet about joining the Yankees, and ripped off a simple message to Hicks.
To be fair, he also liked a similar tweet about rejoining the Blue Jays.
To be very fair, this isn’t how baseball business is conducted at all.
All offseason long, though, Walker has made his preferences quite clear, from agreeing that he’d fit in well alongside the trees in Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge in an appearance on a Jomboy Media podcast to showing up by Hicks’ side a few days later.
He knows he’d look good in pinstripes, whether the Yankees are actually interested or not.
Walker posted the best season of his career in the shortened 2020 campaign, splitting time between the Mariners and Blue Jays and posting a 2.70 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 53.1 innings pitched.
He also was memorably rocked by the Yankees in a 20-6 loss at the Stadium in September, keeping his ERA down but allowing seven runs (one earned) in 1.2 innings pitched.
The muscle-bound righty wrapped up his online saga by engaging with the rumors, but in a way that cleared up absolutely nothing.
My bad for…leaking? My bad for…bothering you? Ugh, these millennials, of which I am one.
Stay tuned for some more updates on Walker’s quest in the coming days.