Should the Mets Bring Back Neil Walker?

The New York Mets have reportedly narrowed down their pursuit of an infielder to four names: Todd Frazier, Eduardo Nunez, Josh Harrison and Neil Walker.

However, it seems as though the team is more inclined to add a body via free agency as opposed to trade, so unless they can swing a deal for Harrison that they are comfortable with, I don’t see it happening.

On Monday, incumbent infielder Asdrubal Cabrera told the New York Post’s Kevin Kernan that he would prefer to play second base if he had the choice. If the team decides to go in that direction, maybe it opens the door for them to land Frazier.

However, if they decide to keep Cabrera at the hot corner and decide to fill the hole at second externally, would it be a good move for them to bring back Walker?

One qualm I’ve heard in regards to reuniting with the infielder is that ownership wants to kick the notion that they are just rebuilding the same team from the last few seasons.

Howevever, if Walker is a viable option that can still help the team, that shouldn’t factor into the decision, in my opinion.

In 111 games between the Mets and Milwaukee Brewers in 2017, Walker hit .265/.362/.439 across 448 plate appearances. He also had a 114 wRC+, .346 wOBA and clubbed 14 long balls.

At the keystone, the 32-year-old registered -5 defensive runs saved, a -1.5 UZR and -2.1 UZR/150 in 769.2 innings.

The Mets and Walker had reportedly kicked around the idea of an extension at times throughout the last couple seasons, but nothing ever came to fruition.

For me, Walker isn’t an ideal candidate because he missed time due to injury in both of his seasons with New York and he is also not a great defender. That worries me because, with the team built on pitching, you want to be strong up the middle.

However, at this point, there isn’t truly an ideal option to man second. Cabrera hasn’t thrived there either, nor has Wilmer Flores and Jose Reyes should not even get an extended chance there this year, because he is best suited in a utility role.

In that same breath though, I might be inclined to just give Flores a chance if they can’t come to a conclusion or “best fit” for the job. At the very least, he has shown that he can hit for power and I think if he pulls it all together, can be a dangerous power hitter one day. But that’s for another day.

The upside is that we already know what we have with Walker, he has some pop, gets on base at a decent clip and has a solid .272 career average.

I’ve heard that some people feel a reunion between the veteran and the Mets is unlikely unless he can’t find anywhere else to play, but with Spring Training quickly approaching and his market relatively cold, I think a reunion is still feasible.

Is a Walker reunion something you would like to see? Or are the Mets better off just putting all their bread in one basket and pursuing Frazier?

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Rob Piersall is a fourth-year student at SUNY New Paltz, studying journalism with a minor in communications. He is also the managing editor for his school's newspaper, The Oracle. A Mets fan since the age of six in 2001, Rob is senior editor here at MMO. His favorite thing is reporting breaking Mets news and transactions as well as writing columns. He is also ready to see what Mickey Callaway brings to the table in 2018. LGM! Follow Rob on Twitter: @RobPiersall.