On Tuesday evening the New York Mets lost out on free agent utility man Ben Zobrist as he inked a four year 56 million dollar deal with the Chicago Cubs. Mets management were fairly optimistic they would land the 35 year old; however, had to fill their need at second base via trade.
Less than 24 hours later the Mets orchestrated a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates. New York received veteran second baseman Neil Walker in exchange for veteran starter Jon Niese. Both players are coming off solid seasons in 2015 and will look to make an impact on their teams in the coming season.
Walker is coming off of an impressive season, where he accumulated a .269 average, with 16 home runs and 71 RBIs. What’s most impressive with Walker is that he has ranked in the top five best defensive second baseman in the National League the past two seasons. Walker will provide the Mets with much needed defensive improvement. Manager Terry Collins suggested that Walker will bat second in the lineup barring any more moves this offseason.
Up Next: The Mets will look to add a potential fifth and spot starter for the rotation as Zack Wheeler won’t be ready until late June as he is returning from Tommy John surgery. Bartolo Colon appears to be a likely option to return on a one year deal. A potential starting centre fielder is a need for the Mets, as they may look to fill the void left by Yoenis Cespedes. Finally the Mets will look to bolster their bullpen during free agency, and could look to bring back Tyler Clippard.