When the Seattle Mariners first got relief pitcher Tyler Walker I was wondering one question: Why? I was still wondering until I decided to look up some of his stats.
Tyler Walker had a .234 opponent batting average and a .398 opponent slugging percentage. What offensive player is most comparable to him? Rickie Weeks, on the dot for both of those categories.
So when Walker is on the mound he holds every player to basically Rickie Weeks. Walker combined in a pen with David Aardsma is one great bullpen.
Aardsma had a 2.75 ERA before his hernia , then his ERA was over 16 during the later span. The rest of the bullpen is solid with former starter Miguel Batista, Mark Lowe, Roy Corcoran, and Cesar Jimenez.
Walker is a solid pitcher and may even show some leadership in 2009. When Jack Zduriencik signed Walker he got a gem, and according to his small contract this gem is barely worth more than rubies.