November 15th, 2016
Mets Second Baseman Neil Walker has agreed to a qualifying offer of $17.2 million dollars according to many reports, keeping him in Flushing for the 2017 season. This is the first major signing the Mets have made in this very young and very important offseason.
Walker will be one of six infielders on the Mets, including Wright, Cabrera, Flores, Rivera and Duda.
Overall, this was a good move. Walker exceeded my expectations by a long shot, and he could have helped us as we went down the stretch run in September and October.
However, I think it’s important to keep in mind that Walker isn’t the future, and he is very expendable once the season starts. I was very impressed by T.J Rivera, and if he is strong at second base, I wouldn’t want to see Walker acting like a roadblock and preventing Rivera from getting at bats. Unfortunately, there just wasn’t enough of a sample from Rivera for the Mets to commit to him, and that makes the Walker signing necessary, but ultimately, I don’t expect him to see him with the Mets after 2017.