Taijuan trying to ignore trade rumors

Taijuan Walker, the Mariners top pitching prospect, has been mentioned frequently in trade rumors the past few weeks as Seattle has been connected in pursuits of offensive help as well as Rays ace David Price.

The 21-year-old will be recalled by the Mariners on Wednesday to start against the Mets after making his past two starts with Triple-A Tacoma. He said he’s trying not to get caught up in the trade rumors.

“It’s kind of hard not to,” he said. “Especially when you’ve got family and friends always calling and asking, ‘Hey, where are you going?’ You going here? You going here?’ It’s tough, but you try to block it out as much as possible.”

Some of the information is coming from a close source.

“My mom’s the worst,” he said with a grin. “I have to calm her down. ‘Mom, calm down, I can’t do anything about it.’”

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