Mets dealing veteran Neil Walker to the Brewers

Lynette Rowe
August 13, 2017

He can become a free agent after the World Series.

Alderson added that it would be "some time" before the Mets learn the identity of the "player to be named". Reyes stepped in and is hitting second against the Phillies' Aaron Nola.

The 31-year-old is hitting.264 with 10 homers and 36 RBIs in 73 games this season after batting.282 with 23 homers and 55 RBIs in 2016, when he had season-ending back surgery on September 8. Facing that reality, the Brewers have acquired Neil Walker from the New York Mets, with New York paying a portion of his remaining $5 Million in salary. Walker, 31, was reportedly close to a move to the Yankees at the deadline. He missed time this season after suffering a torn hamstring.

"I am confused as to why I am sitting here having to answer questions about my health for something that didn't happen", Walker said on Friday.

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"I've always felt pretty good there", he said.

Walker has struggled to stay healthy in the past. The Brewers are just three games behind the Chicago Cubs in the National League Central, so the addition of Walker gives the team hope of trying to close that gap over the final seven weeks of the regular season. Walker enjoys a fair amount of success at Miller Park as well.

NY had expected to contend but is 52-62. Amed Rosario will continue to receive the lion's share of starts at shortstop.

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