Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon declared Friday that the team's top prospect starting pitcher Taijuan Walker is expected to be part of the Mariners' Opening Day roster.
The 21-year old Walker made three starts at the end of last season and was fairly impressive minus a poor second outing versus the Royals. Walker struck out 12 batters in 15 innings, including eight in his final outing of the season (five innings pitched) and posted a 3.60 ERA (2.25 FIP) while waking only four batters. Walker has the potential to be this season's Matt Harvey and should be on your radar in all formats with this news.ANALYST: Michael Pichan
Robert Quinn is making progress from his back issue.
After missing Sunday's game, Quinn seems to be making steps toward's returning. Quinn is one of the game's elite pass rushers but has been slowed down by injuries all season long. Quinn is two years removed from a 19 sack season and the Rams are hoping he returns to that when he gets back on the field. Analysis: James Grande
Braves signed P Jim Johnson to a one-year deal.
After saving 50-plus games two consecutive years in Baltimore, Johnson has been a shell of that the past two seasons. He only has 12 saves combined over the past two seasons. He posted a 7.09 ERA in 2014 and a 4.46 ERA in 2015. The Braves are giving him one year to figure himself out or he'll likely have a hard time finding work. He can only hope his sinker starts sinking like it did in Baltimore. Analysis: James Grande