The Mets need a second baseman, and Neil Walker still needs a place to play. Could a reunion work?
According to a new report from the New York Post’s Mike Puma, the Mets are looking into the possibility of bringing back Neil Walker next season. The organization traded Walker last season to the Brewers once it was obvious their season was going nowhere. Now, however, we’re looking ahead at 2018 and it might make sense to bring him back.
While Walker only played in 186 games with the Amazin’s over a little less than two seasons, he quickly became a fan favorite after posting some pretty good numbers for a middle infielder.
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Walker batted .275/.344/.462 while wearing orange and blue. He hit for power too, slugging 33 home runs, 22 doubles and driving in 91 runners. His numbers stayed pretty much the same as a member of the Brewers. It was a small sample of just 38 games, but it wasn’t surprising to see Walker keep some consistency once he was moved.
The question, of course, will be what will it take to get Walker signed. The free agent is going to probably want a four or five year deal, but will anyone be willing to give that to him? How far will the Mets be willing to go to secure a contract with Walker if he’s willing to negotiate?
We already know he can play in New York and be comfortable. Age shouldn’t be too much of an issue for the Mets either. Walker is 32, so he still probably has a few good years left. I’d definitely take a chance with him over a three-year contract, for example, instead of a guy like Ian Kinsler. The latter isn’t even a free agent and you’d likely have to give up some prospects and pay his $11 million salary.
The Mets need a few pieces offensively this winter if they really want to make a run at the playoff this year. Second base is one of them. Bringing back a guy like Walker makes sense as he’s already performed in New York and can still give the team a few solid seasons going forward. Make it happen, Sandy!