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Neil Walker | Second Baseman | #20

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (31) / 9/10/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 210
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 1 (11) / PIT
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Neil Walker has accepted the Mets' one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer.
Eight of the 10 players who were given qualifying offers last week turned them down, but Jeremy Hellickson and now Walker have decided to accept them. Walker's decision isn't a surprising one, as he's 31 and coming off back surgery, so he's opted to take a lucrative one-year deal before trying again for a multi-year deal next winter. The second baseman had a nice season before the back issue cropped up, as he batted .282 with 23 homers and an .823 OPS over 113 games. Nov 14 - 5:02 PM

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Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports that the Mets and Neil Walker have yet to have any substantive discussions regarding a multi-year contract extension.

Walker has until 5 p.m. ET on Monday to decide whether or not to accept the club's one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer. The 31-year-old is recovering from back surgery, which could give teams on the open market pause when deciding whether or not to go after him. While it doesn't happen often, there's a decent chance he could accept the qualifying offer.
Nov 13 - 10:47 PM

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said that he met with the agent for free agent second baseman Neil Walker on Wednesday.

Consider this a very, very preliminary meeting. Or as Alderson put it, "Nothing asked, nothing offered." Walker received a one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer on Monday. He will have until this coming Monday to make a decision on that offer. If he passes, the Mets would receive a draft pick if he signed with another team. At 31 years old and recovering from back surgery, it is not out of the question that Walker accepts that qualifying offer.
Nov 9 - 4:36 PM

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he's planning to meet with Neil Walker's agent later this week.

Alderson and the Mets extended a one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer to Walker on Monday, and there's at least a slight possibility the 31-year-old second baseman might accept. The deadline for that decision is next Monday. If Walker rejects the $17.2 million offer, the Mets can pick up a top draft pick should he sign elsewhere. A multi-year deal back in Queens is also a possibility here.
Nov 8 - 4:10 PM

Mets extended a one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer to 2B Neil Walker.

Walker might be the most likely of the 10 players receiving qualifying offers to accept, as he's 31 and coming off back surgery. Still, it's a worthy gamble by the Mets, as they can handle paying him $17.2 million for one season. If he rejects the offer, they'll get a draft pick.
Nov 7 - 5:37 PM

Mets activated 2B Neil Walker from the 60-day disabled list.

His place on the 40-man roster has been restored. Walker, who is an impending free agent, underwent a lumbar microdiscectomy in September but expects to be 100 percent for spring training.
Nov 4 - 8:27 AM

The Mets are expected to give a one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer to impending free agent Neil Walker, reports Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

There still appears to be some debate on the topic, as Rubin writes that the decision "has not yet been cemented" for Walker, but the feeling is that they'll ultimately take their chances. The Mets would receive draft pick compensation if Walker declines and signs with another team, but it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world if he accepts. As of now, T.J. Rivera could be the favorite for the second base job. Jose Reyes could also figure prominently if David Wright manages to make it back. Walker, 31, batted .282 with 23 homers and an .823 OPS over 113 games this season before undergoing back surgery in September.
Nov 2 - 11:01 AM

Neil Walker underwent a successful lumbar microdiscectomy on Thursday.

Walker was plagued by back issues for much of the second half before the decision was made earlier this month to have season-ending surgery. The second baseman will be a free agent this winter.
Sep 9 - 3:46 PM

Mets placed 2B Neil Walker on the 60-day disabled list with a back injury.

The move clears a spot for September call-up Gavin Cecchini on the 40-man roster. Walker announced last week that he was undergoing season-ending surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back. The impending free agent batted .282/.347/.476 with 23 homers and 55 RBI in 113 game this season.
Sep 6 - 11:00 AM

Neil Walker confirmed Thursday that he will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back.

Walker called it a "very difficult decision" but the "best course of action" for his long-term health during a press conference on Thursday afternoon in New York. "The more I tried to push through this more I realized I was hurting the team and hurting myself," he told the media. Walker expects to be 100 percent by the start of spring training next February. He finishes his first year with the Mets having slashed .282/.347/.476 with 23 home runs and 55 RBI in 113 games.
Sep 1 - 3:41 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins said that Neil Walker will "probably" undergo surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back.

The Mets' dark, injury-riddled season continues. Walker was diagnosed with a herniated disc in his back earlier on Wednesday and while the second baseman wanted to play through the injury, it was causing him numbness in his foot and leg. After seeking a second opinion, it was determined that surgery would be the best course of action. Walker will miss the remainder of the 2016 season.
Aug 31 - 10:24 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins said that the herniated disc in Neil Walker's back could require surgery.

Walker would like to keep playing through the herniated disc, but he is experiencing numbness in his foot and leg due to the injury. He is seeking a second opinion, which should shed more light on whether or not he will need to undergo a season-ending surgical procedure. Wilmer Flores figures to continue to fill in for him at second base until all this is sorted out.
Aug 31 - 4:10 PM

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said Wednesday that Neil Walker has been diagnosed with a herniated disc.

The injury is causing weakness in Walker's lower body. The second baseman has pledged to continue playing through the injury and doctors have OK'd that plan, but he's likely to need regular days off down the stretch. Wilmer Flores started at second base for the Mets on Tuesday night against the Marlins.
Aug 31 - 1:26 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins acknowledged Tuesday that "there's a lot of concern" about Neil Walker's injured back.

Walker is missing his third straight start Tuesday against the Marlins with a back injury that has bothered him since August. Collins suggested that the second baseman might not be able to operate as an everyday player down the stretch. Wilmer Flores is at second base and batting sixth Tuesday versus Miami righty Tom Koehler.
Aug 30 - 4:05 PM

Neil Walker (back) is out of the Mets' lineup again Tuesday against the Marlins.

Make that three starts in a row Walker has been absent due to a nagging back injury. It's unclear when he'll be ready to return. Wilmer Flores will fill in at second base and bat sixth on Tuesday.
Aug 30 - 3:15 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Travis d'Arnaud
2Rene Rivera
3Kevin Plawecki
4Tomas Nido
1B1Lucas Duda
2Wilmer Flores
2B1Neil Walker
2T.J. Rivera
3Ty Kelly
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Matt Reynolds
3Gavin Cecchini
4Amed Rosario
3B1David Wright
2Jose Reyes
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
2Michael Conforto
CF1Curtis Granderson
2Juan Lagares
RF1Jay Bruce
2Brandon Nimmo
3Wulimer Becerra
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Noah Syndergaard
2Jacob deGrom
3Matt Harvey
4Steven Matz
5Zack Wheeler
6Robert Gsellman
7Seth Lugo
8Rafael Montero
9Chris Flexen
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jeurys Familia
2Addison Reed
3Hansel Robles
4Josh Edgin
5Sean Gilmartin
6Gabriel Ynoa
7Josh Smoker
8Erik Goeddel
9Jenrry Mejia