Toronto Blue Jays gets Taijuan Walker from Seattle Mariners

The Seattle Mariners traded right-hander Taijuan Walker to the Toronto Blue Jays, the teams announced Thursday.

In return, Seattle will receive a player to be nominated later as considerations over cash.

Walker is 2-2 with a 4.00 ERA in five starts this season. He has a 33-33 career record with an E95 of 3.95 in eight major league seasons, and he made only one appearance with Arizona last season while recovering from an elbow operation.

He will be a free agent after the 2020 season, for which he will earn $ 740,000 for the 60 games.

Toronto is 15-14 through Wednesday’s games and is battling for the final spot in the American League in the expanded 16-team playoff tournament.

The 28-year-old Walker stood up in an emotional meeting on Wednesday and explained why he believed it was necessary for the Mariners not to play. The Seattle players unanimously decided to skip the game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park over the weekend shot by police of Jacob Blake, a Black man, in Wisconsin.

“Glad to be apart of this organization and group of people!” Walker tweeted Wednesday night after the Mariners made the decision not to play. “Thank you for always standing by us !!”

The Blue Jays put starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker on the 10-day injured list Sunday with a lazy tension. He is considered from week to week.

ESPN’s Jeff Passan contributed to this report.