The New York Mets have traded second baseman Neil Walker to the Brewers, according to multiple reports.
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports was the first to report that a deal was close.
Sources: #Mets close to trading 2B Neil Walker to the #Brewers.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 12, 2017
A free agent at the end of the season, Walker is hitting .264 with 10 home runs and 36 RBIs in his second season in New York. He hit .282 with 23 home runs and 55 RBIs last year.
Walker spent the first seven years of his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates before being traded to the Mets in December 2015 for pitcher Jon Neise. He is a .272 career hitter with 126 home runs.
Bruce nearly traded to Yanks
Walker was replaced in the lineup for Saturday’s game against the Phillies at the last minute by Jose Reyes.
Walker was reportedly nearly traded to the Yankees – as was Jay Bruce – but the deal fell apart over medical issues, according to Newsday. Walker was on the disabled list from June 15 until July 28 because of a hamstring tear.
The deal continues a trend of the Mets cleaning house of veteran players. Bruce was traded earlier this week and reliever Addison Reed and infielder Lucas Duda were dealt before the non-waiver trade deadline.
Top prospects Dom Smith and Amed Rosario have made their debuts this month for the 52-61 Mets, who are looking towards next year.
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