Mets sign Taijuan Walker, move Syndergaard to 60-day IL

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FILE – Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Taijuan Walker (99) throws to the Texas Rangers in the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, in this Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, file photo.

NEW YORK — The New York Mets have transferred right-hander Noah Syndergaard to the 60-day injured list to make room for righty Taijuan Walker, who finalized a $20 million, two-year contract.

The move ensures Syndergaard won’t return to the rotation until at least June as he comes back following Tommy John surgery last March.

Walker’s deal also includes a player option for 2023.

The 28-year-old Walker joins a rotation headed by two-time Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom.

New York’s need for a pitcher increased with the loss of Seth Lugo.

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