Neil Walker
2B NYM
1 week ago

Walker went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run, his third blast of the spring, in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Marlins.

EDGE Analysis

The Mets continue to launch homers like they're playing in the thin desert air of the Cactus League, and three-quarters of their starting infield went yard in this one. Walker is now hitting .333/.385/.792 through 24 spring at-bats, and seems anxious for the regular season to begin after he tied his career high with 23 home runs in 2016.

Neil Walker
2B NYM
3 weeks ago

Walker went 2-for-2 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBI in Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Astros.

EDGE Analysis

He's got two home runs through his first 11 spring at-bats, and Walker is off to a strong start in camp as he looks to repeat or exceed the 23 home runs he popped in 2016.

Neil Walker
2B NYM
4 weeks ago

Walker went 0-for-2 in his first Grapefruit League action of the spring Sunday, and had no issues with his surgically repaired back, The New York Daily News reports. "Good to get back out there, get the first couple at-bats out of the way, move around. Felt great," said Walker after the game. "I fouled a couple balls off left-handed, swung through a couple pitches right-handed. That's typically the last hurdle any time I've had back stuff that's crept up in the past. Once you can fully let it go and everything is perfectly fine - that was the case today."

EDGE Analysis

He'll be the Mets' starting second baseman in 2017, and perhaps beyond if stalled contracts talks with the team resume at some point. Walker posted a career-high .823 OPS in his first season with the team last year, but his 113 games played was his lowest since 2010, so staying healthy could result in some very impressive numbers for the 31-year-old.

Neil Walker
2B NYM
1 month ago

Walker will get consideration as the Mets' leadoff hitter this season on days when Jose Reyes isn't in the lineup, The New York Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

He didn't hit any higher than second last season for the Mets, and in his career Walker has only eight at-bats from the leadoff spot, but the Mets don't really have any ideal options for the top of the order in their standard starting eight. With Reyes stuck in a super-utility role, however, the team will need someone else to handle the job, and if Walker and his career .339 OBP do see significant action as the leadoff hitter, he could see a slight uptick in his runs scored.

Neil Walker
2B NYM
1 month ago

Extension talks between the Mets and Walker (back), which looked to be close to a three-year deal worth in the vicinity of $40 million, appear to be dead, Mike Puma of the NY Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

The sticking point in talks between the two sides is how to or if to restructure the first year of the deal, freeing up money for the Mets thus season. The two sides could re-engage discussions, but for now, negotiations between the Mets and Walker look to be on the far back-burner.

Neil Walker
2B NYM
1 month ago

The Mets and Walker (back) may be close to reaching an agreement on a three-year deal worth in the vicinity of $40 million, SNY.TV reports.

EDGE Analysis

Walker, who accepted the Mets' one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer in November, was close to inking a similar deal at the time but took the one-year tender offer, enabling the two sides more time to talk. New York has very little second base depth in the organization, having dealt Dilson Herrera to the Reds in the Jay Bruce, as T.J. Rivera or Gavin Cecchini, if he transitioned to the keystone position, would likely be next in line. Walker is coming off a career-year and has expressed his desire to remain in New York, while the Mets will likely take some of the $17.2 million for this year and move it into the future years on the deal.

Neil Walker
2B NYM
4 months ago

Walker (back) accepted the Mets' one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer Monday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

This was one of the more intriguing stories to watch given Walker's back surgery in September, but ultimately he decided to stick around for at least another season in the Big Apple. The 31-year-old will likely take over as the Mets' primary second baseman once he's back to full health once again as he looks to build off of his 23-home run season he posted in 113 games last year.

Neil Walker
2B NYM
5 months ago

Walker (back) received a qualifying offer from the Mets on Monday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

This situation will be an interesting one to follow given the fact that Walker is coming off of back surgery he underwent in September. There hasn't been an indication about whether he plans to accept the offer or not, although it is worth noting that his market value will decrease now that a draft pick will need to be sacrificed in order to sign him.

Neil Walker
2B NYM
5 months ago

Walker (back) is expected to receive a qualifying offer from the Mets, Matt Ehalt of The Record reports.

EDGE Analysis

Walker is still recovering from back surgery he had in early September, but when he was healthy, he was a solid option at the keystone for New York. It's unclear whether or not the 31-year-old intends on accepting the offer or not, but should he depart, TJ Rivera and Jose Reyes could be in line to take over at second base.

Neil Walker
2B NYM
5 months ago

The rise in the qualifying offer to $17.2 million may mean that the Mets do not make an offer to Walker (back), the NY Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Walker, who underwent back surgery Sept. 9 to address a herniated disk, ably filled the Mets' second base spot, albeit not at the production Daniel Murphy had this year. With Dilson Herrera traded to Cincinnati, second base within the organization has no direct pipeline. But if Walker does not return, the Mets could go with some combination of T.J Rivera, Jose Reyes and possibly Gavin Cecchini to fill that position.