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Neil Walker | Second Baseman | #20

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (30) / 9/10/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 208
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 1 (11) / PIT
Contract: view contract details
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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

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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

Neil Walker is not in the Pirates starting lineup on Saturday.

It's nothing more than a regular day of rest for the switch-hitting second baseman. Josh Harrison will start in his place and bat leadoff for the Pirates against Brandon Finnegan and the Reds on Saturday.
Sat, Oct 3, 2015 03:39:00 PM

Neil Walker went 4-for-5 with a homer and a career-high six RBI as the Pirates beat the Rockies 13-7 to clinch a postseason berth for the third straight year.

Barring something stunning, the Pirates will face the Cubs in the NL wild card game. Tonight's game was a close one until the Pirates busted out for six runs in the ninth. Walker had a two-run single in the first, a three-run homer in the third and an RBI single in the ninth in his biggest game of the season. The Pirates needed his bat more than before with Jung Ho Kang down, and he's stepped it up nicely this week.
Thu, Sep 24, 2015 01:12:00 AM

Neil Walker went 2-for-4 and hit his 14th homer Friday off the Dodgers' Zack Greinke.

Walker has been doing some sitting against left-handers in the second half, but that could change now with Jung Ho Kang done for the year. His bat in the middle of the lineup is going to be more important going forward.
Sat, Sep 19, 2015 02:16:00 AM

Neil Walker went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in Monday's loss to the Reds.

He drove in the lone run of the game of the Pirates, who missed out on an opportunity to gain ground on the Cardinals. Walker had a quiet August, but he's hitting .333 (7-for-21) so far in September.
Mon, Sep 7, 2015 04:04:00 PM

Neil Walker is not in the Pirates' lineup Friday.

The Pirates have had to do a lot of mixing and matching since Josh Harrison and Jordy Mercer returned from the disabled list. It's Harrison at second base Friday with Walker sitting.
Fri, Sep 4, 2015 04:27:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Travis d'Arnaud
2Kevin Plawecki
3Johnny Monell
4Raywilly Gomez
1B1Lucas Duda
2Marc Krauss
2B1Neil Walker
2Dilson Herrera
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Wilmer Flores
3Ruben Tejada
4Matt Reynolds
3B1David Wright
2Eric Campbell
3Ty Kelly
LF1Michael Conforto
CF1Yoenis Cespedes
2Juan Lagares
3Alejandro De Aza
4Brandon Nimmo
5Roger Bernadina
RF1Curtis Granderson
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jacob deGrom
2Matt Harvey
3Noah Syndergaard
4Steven Matz
5Zack Wheeler
6Bartolo Colon
7Rafael Montero
8Logan Verrett
9Robert Gsellman
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jeurys Familia
2Addison Reed
3Antonio Bastardo
4Jerry Blevins
5Hansel Robles
6Erik Goeddel
7Jenrry Mejia
8Josh Edgin
9Sean Gilmartin
10Buddy Carlyle
11Dario Alvarez
12Jim Henderson
13Jeff Walters
14Josh Smoker