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New York Mets scratch Neil Walker as trade in works to Milwaukee Brewers

PHILADELPHIA — The Milwaukee Brewers added a second-base upgrade for the stretch drive on Saturday, acquiring Neil Walker and cash from the New York Mets for a player to be named later.

The Brewers are 60-59 — third in the National League Central and two games behind division leader Chicago Cubs.. Milwaukee’s second-base contingent, which consists primarily of Jonathan Villar and Eric Sogard, ranks last in the league with a .672 OPS.

The Brewers had expressed interest in Ian Kinsler of the Detroit Tigers, before shifting their attention to Walker since the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Walker became eligible to be traded to any team after recently clearing waivers.

Walker, 31, hit .264 with 10 home runs and 36 RBIs in 73 games with New York this season.

He has a career .272/.339/.437 slash line over nine seasons with the Pirates and the Mets. New York acquired Walker from Pittsburgh in a trade for pitcher Jon Niese in December 2015.

“He’s a first-rate guy,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said of Walker. “He was very important in the clubhouse, and we’re very glad we had him for the time that we did. I think he distinguished himself in his time as a Met.”

Walker was taking batting practice with his New York teammates two hours before Saturday’s game Mets-Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park when Alderson came out and conferred with manager Terry Collins behind the batting cage. A few minutes later, Walker and Alderson left the field for the clubhouse.

Walker was replaced by Jose Reyes at second base 10 minutes before the start of the game. Walker declined comment before leaving the park on a golf cart in the sixth inning.

The Mets are a disappointing 52-62 and third in the NL East, and they’ve recently begun selling off veteran pieces. They…

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New York Mets scratch Neil Walker as trade in works to Milwaukee Brewers

PHILADELPHIA — The Milwaukee Brewers added a second-base upgrade for the stretch drive on Saturday, acquiring Neil Walker and cash from the New York Mets for a player to be named later.

The Brewers are 60-59 — third in the National League Central and two games behind division leader Chicago Cubs.. Milwaukee’s second-base contingent, which consists primarily of Jonathan Villar and Eric Sogard, ranks last in the league with a .672 OPS.

The Brewers had expressed interest in Ian Kinsler of the Detroit Tigers, before shifting their attention to Walker since the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Walker became eligible to be traded to any team after recently clearing waivers.

Walker, 31, hit .264 with 10 home runs and 36 RBIs in 73 games with New York this season.

He has a career .272/.339/.437 slash line over nine seasons with the Pirates and the Mets. New York acquired Walker from Pittsburgh in a trade for pitcher Jon Niese in December 2015.

“He’s a first-rate guy,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said of Walker. “He was very important in the clubhouse, and we’re very glad we had him for the time that we did. I think he distinguished himself in his time as a Met.”

Walker was taking batting practice with his New York teammates two hours before Saturday’s game Mets-Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park when Alderson came out and conferred with manager Terry Collins behind the batting cage. A few minutes later, Walker and Alderson left the field for the clubhouse.

Walker was replaced by Jose Reyes at second base 10 minutes before the start of the game. Walker declined comment before leaving the park on a golf cart in the sixth inning.

The Mets are a disappointing 52-62 and third in the NL East, and they’ve recently begun selling off veteran pieces. They…

Read the full article from the Source…

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