Mets reportedly trade second baseman Neil Walker to the Milwaukee Brewers

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13 August, 2017

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 was an excellent player", Alderson said. "Very important in the clubhouse". He hit.282 with 23 home runs past year despite missing the final month of the season because of back surgery. He accepted a $17.2 million qualifying offer from the Mets last offseason.

NY gets a player to be named and will pay the Brewers cash to cover a portion of the $4,041,530 remaining in Walker's $17.2 million salary. A report earlier in the week suggested a couple of teams, including the New York Yankees, wanted Neil Walker, but ultimately chose to go another route and used the excuse of his medical reports to back out of the trade.

The totals may seem low to the average fan, but he did miss considerable amount of time with a hamstring issue earlier in the year.

The Brewers are now riding a six-game losing streak and enter Saturday with a 59-59 record.

Walker arrived in NY in a December 2015 trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates for pitcher Jon Niese. According to Rosenthal, Walker batted.286/.332/.534 with 11 home runs and 16 doubles in 220 plate appearances at Miller Park. Amed Rosario will continue to receive the lion's share of starts at shortstop.

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