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Mets Rumors: August moves could include Neil Walker

By Michelle Ioannou
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The trade deadline has passed, but the Mets may be moving some players in August

At least that is what Sandy Alderson hinted at on Monday night. He agreed that in order to maximize playing time for players like Michael Conforto, Juan Lagares and Brandon Nimmo, players like Curtis Granderson or Jay Bruce could be dealt to any team.

So, the Mets likely are not doing making moves this season, despite the trade deadline having passed.

The outfield has been crowded since the season began. Now, with Amed Rosario‘s call-up, and Dominic Smith not being too far behind, the infield is crowded as well. Lucas Duda has already been traded to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for AJ Ramos. Addison Reed has been traded to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for three pitching prospects. Neil Walker is still a Met, but may not be for long.

Like how I just casually slipped that in there? I tried to be nonchalant for you all to then be like “…wait, what? Walker?”

As reported by Newsday’s Marc Carig, according to a source, there was last minute interest in Neil Walker. Who was this interest from? I’m not sure. But I would assume that this team is still very much interested in Walker.

Is this interest surprising? Yes… and no. It is because Walker was injured and pretty much just came back mere days before the trade deadline. But, it’s not surprising because everyone knows the type of player Walker is. In just 63 games so far this season, he’s .266/.347/.455 with nine home runs and 34 RBIs.

Walker did accept a one-year, $17 million qualifying offer from the Mets in the offseason. He will be a free agent after this season, which makes moving him in August a smart move. They can’t extend a qualifying offer to him as they did that last year. This means that they’d just lose him for nothing if he were to hit free agency. At least moving him sometime this month means they’ll get something in return. I like Walker, but I entirely understand the potential move.

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Alderson is not done making moves. Will Walker be the one dealt? Well, as there was no teams had any interest in Bruce before the trade deadline, and as the Mets didn’t even come close to making deals with Granderson and Cabrera, Walker may just be the one the Mets move. But, we’ll know for sure within the next month.