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Neil Walker | Second Baseman | #20

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (30) / 9/10/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 210
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 1 (11) / PIT
Contract: view contract details
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Neil Walker enjoyed a big night at the plate in Wednesday's win over the Reds, clobbering his ninth homer of the year and getting on base three times.
Walker now has nine homers in 83 plate appearances. He only had seven homers in the entire first half a year ago with Pittsburg. It's perhaps worth noting that Walker had actually been quite bad at Citi Field, hitting just .226/.226/.323 in his first eight home games. It's nice to see the power show up at his home ballpark for the second time this homestand, as he was better on the road in 2015, too. The Mets' second baseman now has a .300/.325/.638 slash line with 12 runs scored and 16 runs batted in. Apr 27 - 11:06 PM

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Neil Walker went 2-for-4 with a go-ahead two-run homer in a 5-3 win over the Reds on Monday.

The Reds tied the game in the top of the seventh inning before Walker took JC Ramirez deep in the bottom of the frame. The 30-year-old is now up to eight home runs on the year, so he’s already halfway to his total from all of last season. He’s also just one home run away from tying the Mets’ club record for home runs in April.
Apr 25 - 11:00 PM

Neil Walker led a barrage of home runs for the Mets on Tuesday, slugging a pair of solo bombs in a win over the Phillies.

Brett Oberholtzer was the victim both times, as Walker took him deep in the sixth and seventh innings. The Mets scored 11 times on the night and all 11 tallies came via the longball. Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Lucas Duda and Curtis Granderson also hit one over the boards for New York. Walker has yet to draw a walk this season but has six homers and has driven in 11.
Apr 19 - 10:35 PM

Neil Walker cranked a two-run homer in the Mets' win over the Royals on Tuesday.

Walker took Chris Young deep to right field one batter after a Yoenis Cespedes walk in the top of the fourth inning. He also singled off Royals setup man Kelvin Herrera in the eight. The second baseman had a rough first spring training with his new team, but he should be a nice source of power production throughout the summer. Walker hit fifth again on Tuesday, behind Cespedes and Lucas Duda.
Apr 5 - 7:11 PM

Neil Walker is hitting .129 this spring after going hitless in three at-bats Thursday.

The Mets have been happy with Walker's defense thus far, but his bat has yet to catch up. Of course, he has nothing to worry about as far as playing time goes. He'll likely be the Mets' No. 5 hitter behind Yoenis Cespedes and Lucas Duda.
Mar 24 - 5:40 PM

Mets and 2B Neil Walker avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $10.55 million contract.

It's just a hair under the midpoint of figures that were exchanged earlier this month. After spending his entire career with the Pirates, Walker's walk year will come as a Met after he was acquired via trade last month. He batted .269/.328/.427 with 16 homers and 71 RBI last year in Pittsburgh.
Jan 29 - 4:13 PM

Neil Walker requested $11.8 million and was offered $9.4 million by the Mets when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

A big reason why the Pirates dealt Walker to the Mets last month is they didn't want to pay him what he'd be owed in his final year of arbitration eligibility. The gap between the two sides here is pretty sizable, so significant ground will need to be made up.
Jan 15 - 5:21 PM

Mets acquired 2B Neil Walker from the Pirates for LHP Jon Niese.

After striking out on high-priced free agent Ben Zobrist, the Mets have swapped a starting pitcher for a new second baseman. Walker, 30, has been a very consistent hitter over the course of his career. 2015 was no different, as he slashed .269/.328/.427 with 16 homers and 71 RBI. He's hit at least 12 homers in every one of his full seasons in the bigs.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 06:27:00 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Mets and Pirates have agreed to a trade involving Neil Walker and Jon Niese, pending a medical review.

It's believed to be a simple one-for-one swap. The Mets lost out on Ben Zobrist, but they quickly moved on to their next target at second base. Walker only requires a one-year commitment and should provide similar production as Daniel Murphy. As for Niese, he has seen his strikeout rate decline over time while dealing with some shoulder issues, but Pittsburgh pitching coach Ray Searage will try to get him back on track.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 03:27:00 PM

Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the Angels have "very serious" interest in Pirates second baseman Neil Walker.

Add another team to the list alongside the Nationals and Mets. The Pirates are said to be looking for pitching and the Angels have some to deal with C.J. Wilson, Hector Santiago, and Matt Shoemaker. Of course, the Angels would have to cover some of Wilson's $20 million salary for 2016 in order to make a trade palatable. But the two clubs make for an intriguing fit.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 12:45:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Nationals are also interested in a trade for Pirates second baseman Neil Walker.

The Nationals and Mets were both in on Ben Zobrist before he signed with the Cubs and now they have shifted their attention on Walker. While it's unclear how the Nationals feel about trading for one year of Walker, the motivation is the same as it was with Zobrist, as they could shift Yunel Escobar back to shortstop or trade him to make room for rookie Trea Turner.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 12:27:00 PM

Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Mets are considering a trade for Pirates second baseman Neil Walker.

The Mets had their sights set on Ben Zobrist in recent days, but they are back to the drawing board after he signed with the Cubs. Walker's salary is expected to rise above $10 million in his final year of arbitration, so the Pirates have had him on the block. The shorter commitment could be attractive to the Mets, who hope to eventually have Dilson Herrera take over at the position. However, they appear hesitant to give him the job right away to begin 2016.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 11:27:00 AM

Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets "have some interest" in Neil Walker.

The Mets are scrambling for a backup plan after losing out on their top free agent target in Ben Zobrist. Walker would fit in nicely at second base, although Puma says the club is "skeptical a deal can come together." The Pirates are shopping Walker, as his salary is expected to rise to over $10 million in his final year of arbitration. The Mets have also been connected to Asdrubal Cabrera, but it's possible they might just wind up turning second base over to Dilson Herrera.
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 09:10:00 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that "all of baseball" knows Neil Walker is available in a trade.

Walker is due a healthy raise in his final year of arbitration and previous talks about a contract extension haven't gone anywhere. Pittsburgh can go with Josh Harrison at second base, Jung Ho Kang at third and Jordy Mercer at shortstop if they deal Walker. The Orioles have reportedly had talks with the Pirates regarding Walker and it appears Pittsburgh won't have trouble finding a suitor.
Source: Boston Globe
Sun, Nov 29, 2015 09:27:00 AM

The Baltimore Sun's Eduardo A. Encina is reporting that the Orioles have been in trade talks regarding Pirates second baseman Neil Walker.

Nothing imminent here. While the O's might be looking into Walker, Encina described their flirtation with the Pirates as "off and on." Walker hit .269/.328/.427 with 16 home runs and 71 RBI over 151 games in 2015. He turned 30 in September.
Wed, Nov 18, 2015 06:52:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Kevin Plawecki
2Rene Rivera
1B1Lucas Duda
2B1Neil Walker
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Wilmer Flores
3B1David Wright
2Eric Campbell
LF1Michael Conforto
2Alejandro De Aza
CF1Yoenis Cespedes
2Juan Lagares
RF1Curtis Granderson
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jacob deGrom
2Matt Harvey
3Noah Syndergaard
4Steven Matz
5Bartolo Colon
6Zack Wheeler
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jeurys Familia
2Addison Reed
3Antonio Bastardo
4Jerry Blevins
5Hansel Robles
6Logan Verrett
7Jim Henderson
8Josh Edgin
9Jenrry Mejia