Walker is a free agent after the season and has already cleared waivers. Walker is hitting .250/.326/.422 and has recently increased his versatility by playing third and first base.
Original Post – August 2
Despite having just returned from the disabled list, it seems that teams were still keen to acquire the switch-hitter. He had gone 2-for-11 since his return in the series against Seattle.
Walker, 31, is hitting .262 with nine home runs, 34 RBIs and a .789 OPS in 63 games this season. He is due to be a free agent after this season.
This is a great sign for the Mets as he is a prime candidate for a waiver trade this August. Because he accepted a qualifying offer ($17.2 million) last offseason, he is being paid enough that many teams wouldn’t claim him off waivers and risk having to pay it all.
If the Mets were to try and trade him, they would place him on revocable waivers. If no team claims him, the Mets would be free to trade him with whatever team they like. However, if a team were to claim him, the Mets would have three options. They could either let the claiming team take him and pay the remainder of his contract, work out a trade, or remove him from waivers and keep him in New York.
The fact that he garnered interest after only 11 at-bats following a torn hamstring is promising. It’s possible Sandy was offered a buy-low deal for him which he denied, hoping Walker would play well enough in the coming weeks to make him attractive to a team looking for a second baseman. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Walker playing third base in the coming weeks in an effort to increase his value.
With no glaring prospects coming up at second base and Walker still at just 31 years old, an extension wouldn’t surprise me either. With Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, T.J. Rivera, Wilmer Flores and Gavin Cecchini all possibilities for the 2018 infield, having Walker’s veteran leadership at second base would be key.