Mets Extend Qualifying Offers to Cespedes and Walker

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The New York Mets have made it official and extended qualifying offers worth $17.2 million dollars to both Yoenis Cespedes and Neil Walker.

The Mets will receive a compensatory draft pick for each player in next year’s MLB Draft if they end up signing with a new team.

Each player has until November 14 to accept or decline their qualifying offers.

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According to ESPN‘s Adam Rubin, the New York Mets are leaning towards extending the $17.2 million qualifying offer to free agent second baseman Neil Walker by Monday’s deadline.

Walker is coming off a terrific season for the Mets that saw him hit .282/.347/.476 with 23 homers and 55 RBI. The 23 homers tied a career high for Walker. Walker’s season was helped by his becoming a much better hitter from the right-hand side of the plate.

In addition to his tremendous offensive year, advanced metrics indicate Walker had one of the best years of his career defensively.

Walker’s 2016 season was cut short due to season ending back surgery. It had been reported that Walker could not feel his feet at times during the season.

At this time, it is unknown what Walker’s intentions will be once he receives the qualifying offer from the Mets. Should Walker decline the offer and sign elsewhere the Mets would get a compensation pick.

In that case the Mets have plenty of in-house options for second base next season. T.J. Rivera handled the position well down the stretch, and he was the Mets second baseman in the Wild Card Game.

Depending on David Wright‘s back, Jose Reyes, who had his 2017 option picked up today, could slide over there. Based upon how he was used in 2016, Wilmer Flores should expect to see time over at second no matter who is ultimately slated for the job.  

If Walker does not return and depending how the aforementioned players handle the position, the Mets could also turn to Gavin Cecchini at some point during the 2017 to take over the position.

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