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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Mets Rumors: Mets Searching For Right 2B

Image result for neil walker metsMets Rumors: Mets Searching For The Right 2B

The New York Mets who are shopping this off-season for a second baseman. The Mets according to Mike Puma of the NY Post have many options on the table.

According to Puma, the Mets have free agent Neil Walker high on their priority list. Walker who was traded from the Mets to the Brewers last August. Walker does know his way around the Mets locker room and the city of New York.

The Mets also have trade options to fall back on, with names such as Jason Kipnis, Ian Kinsler and Dee Gordon available — but signing a free agent would allow the team to preserve trade chips that might be needed to address other areas.

Walker, 32, accepted a qualifying offer from the Mets worth $17.2 million before last season, and the two sides worked toward an extension before negotiations broke down early in spring training and never regained serious momentum.

Walker posted a .267/.409/.433 slash line last season with 14 homers and 49 RBIs in 111 games. For a second straight season, Walker spent significant time sidelined by injury, missing five weeks with a partially torn left hamstring. In 2016, his season ended a month early because of a herniated disk in his back that required surgery.

In addition to Walker’s offensive capabilities, team officials are high on Walker for the leadership and professionalism he brought to the Mets clubhouse after arriving in a trade with the Pirates before the 2016 season.

Asdrubal Cabrera, whose $8.5 Million dollar option was exercised, will likely be the starting third basemen. But the Mets are open to adding third basemen and shifting Cabrera to second base.

The Mets could also bring back Jose Reyes, who is not likely to command such a large paycheck.

The Mets are still looking for a first baseman who can play some corner outfield as well. Names have been floating around like Jay Bruce, Carlos Santana (who can't play the outfield), and Adam Lind.

It should be interesting to see what the Mets come up with. I think the Mets should trade for Kipnis, sign Eric Hosmer, Lorenzo Cain, Bryan Shaw and call it an off-season.  But what do I know?  I just pay for seats to watch these guys play.

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