It seems the speculation may finally be over. So too may be the trade talks between the Seattle Mariners and the Tampa Bay Rays regarding SP David Price. It has been long rumored that any package from Seattle for Price would have to include prized prospect Taijuan Walker.
But now, at least according to Jon Heyman and a source referred to as “seattle person” those talks will NOT involve Walker.
1 thing's settled in price trade talk (says seattle person, "taijuan walker will be on our club") http://t.co/TWvmwyIkcU
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 20, 2013
Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik had indicated previously his belief that Walker would be with the Mariners this year. Apparently that has not changed.
There were a significant number of people who believed when the whole “Walker lost his number and knew nothing about it” thing happened when the club announced the signings of Corey Hart and Logan Morrison, that it meant in a very “Get Smart” sort of way that Walker’s days in Seattle were numbered.
Apparently we can put that to rest as well.
Again, if there is any truth to the report that the Mariners are done this offseason, we can put to bed ALL of these rumors. But regardless of financial implications, it appears that David Price to the Mariners won’t happen anytime soon.
And so long as the cost was going to be Walker, I’m okay with Price staying where he is.