PHILADELPHIA (WIP Sportsradio) — "We’re gonna get that trophy back or I’m gonna die trying," Phillies managing partner John Middleton said on 94WIP in 2017.
He's living up to his word.
One day after the Phillies reportedly signed shortstop Trea Turner to an 11-year, $300 million contract, Philadelphia signed right-handed starting pitcher Taijuan Walker to a four-year deal worth $72 million, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan.
Walker tweeted a "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" video on Tuesday night, celebrating his new deal with the Phillies.
The Phils also signed lefty reliever Matt Strahm to a two-year deal worth $15 million, per Passan.
Walker, 30, is coming off one of the best seasons of his career, going 12-5 with a 3.49 ERA in 29 starts with the Mets. Walker had a 2.6 bWAR and a 1.19 WHIP in 157 innings, striking out 132 and walking just 45.
Walker has spent time with the Mariners, Diamondbacks, Blue Jays and the Mets for the last two seasons. He was named to his first and only All-Star team in 2021.
Walker now joins a Philadelphia rotation with Zack Wheeler, Aaron Nola and Ranger Suarez.
Strahm, 31, had a 3.83 ERA in 50 games with the Red Sox last season, striking out 52 and walking 17 in 44.2 innings.