With 2017 free agency set to begin, Neil Walker gives the New York Mets and their fans some clarity and hope.
The New York Mets batted .500 today as it relates to pending free agents.
Almost everyone on Earth knew that Yoenis Cespedes was going to reject his qualifying offer and he did so very early in the day.
But with around three hours left before the 5 p.m. ET deadline, Neil Walker made the day a win for the Mets by accepting his qualifying offer.
Neil Walker is taking the qualifying offer, so now on #Mets 2017 books for $17.2M
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) November 14, 2016
Walker batted .282 with 23 home runs in 113 games before having season-ending surgery for a herniated disc in his back.
With Walker on the roster for 2017, it gives the Mets legitimate depth in their infield with the likes of all-around man Wilmer Flores, Jose Reyes, Lucas Duda, Asdrubal Cabrera, and don’t forget, David Wright, coming back for this season.
The Mets’ priorities for the offseason are pretty clear.
- Re-sign Cespedes or sign another OF bat
- Bolster the pen with Jeurys Familia suspension likely
- Trade Jay Bruce for another OF
The Mets and Neil Walker both seem happy with what transpired on Monday.
Happy to say I'm back in Orange and Blue for 2017!! Let's go Mets! #unfinishedbusiness
— Neil Walker (@NeilWalker18) November 14, 2016