Would the New York Mets trade Neil Walker across town to the New York Yankees? We’re about to find out.
Last night, the New York Yankees failed to acquire outfielder Jay Bruce, whose left-handed pulling ability would have done wonders for them. Instead, the New York Mets decided to ship him to the Cleveland Indians.
However, the Bronx Bombers haven’t given up on acquiring a veteran player from the New York Mets.
Aside from playing second base this season, Walker has displayed his flexibility through playing third base and even first base for the Mets. If there’s one thing Yankees manager Joe Girardi likes, it’s players that can play multiple positions. Walker appears to fit that mold.
Last season, Walker hit .282 with 23 home runs in 113 games. Despite hitting just .250 this season, the Yankees seem to believe that a simple change of scenery—even if it’s from one borough to another—can bring back the star second baseman Walker has established himself as over his career.
Starlin Castro won’t begin a rehab assignment until sometime next week, and there is a chance that the All-Star is more banged up than the Yankees are willing to admit.
In any case, Walker would be a formidable replacement in the meantime. And if the Mets are finally willing to deal with the Yankees, both teams will benefit.