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Extra Innings podcast: Discussing the Mariners’ reunion with Taijuan Walker

PEORIA, Ariz. — With blue, cloudless skies and temps in the 60s and climbing, the Extra Innings podcast returns for its first show of spring training.

Times beat writer Ryan Divish, who is in Arizona with the Mariners, and columnist Larry Stone, who will arrive next week, discuss the recent reunion with one-time top prospect Taijuan Walker. The 27-year-old right-hander signed a one-year, $2 million contract on Wednesday and participated in Thursday’s first workout.

Why would Walker return to the Mariners? And why would they want him back? How does his presence in the rotation affect the bullpen?