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Neil Walker traded to the Milwaukee Brewers

13 August 2017, 08:18 | Charlene Valdez

Neil Walker of the Mets grounds out against the Dodgers at Citi Field on Aug. 4 2017

Neil Walker of the Mets grounds out against

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports first reported the Brewers and Mets were "close" on a deal sending Walker to Milwaukee. By trading reliever Addison Reed, outfielder Jay Bruce, first baseman Lucas Duda and now Walker, the Mets have received four bullpen prospects and financial relief - and cleared up playing time for their younger players. He can become a free agent after the World Series.

"He was an excellent player", Alderson said. "Very important in the clubhouse. I'm very glad we had him for the time we did and I think he distinguished himself as a Met". With Eric Sogard fading after a hot start and Jonathan Villar barely hitting over.200, the Brewers obviously felt they needed an upgrade at second base.

The 31-year-old is hitting.264 with 10 homers and 36 RBIs in 73 games this season after batting.282 with 23 homers and 55 RBIs in 2016, when he had season-ending back surgery on September 8. The Brewers will send a player to be named later to the Mets for Walker and cash considerations, which will offset some of the infielder's remaining $4.7 million salary in 2017. Walker, 31, was reportedly close to a move to the Yankees at the deadline. The Yankees backed away at the last second amid concerns over Walker's health.


Walker was on the 10-day disabled list from June 15 to July 27 with a partial tear in his left hamstring. He missed the end of the 2016 after undergoing surgery for a herniated disc in his back.

The Brewers entered Saturday at 59-59 and three games back in a tight NL Central race. Walker enjoys a fair amount of success at Miller Park as well.

Walker arrived in NY in a December 2015 trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates for pitcher Jon Niese.



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