Mets officially acquire 2B Neil Walker from Pittsburgh


The New York Mets today announced the club has acquired second baseman Neil Walker from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for lefthanded pitcher Jonathon Niese.

Walker, 30, batted .269 (146-543) with 32 doubles, 16 home runs and 71 RBI in 151 games for Pittsburgh in 2015. His 16 home runs were tied for most by a National League second baseman while his .328 on-base percentage was tied for third-best among NL second basemen.

Overall, his 93 home runs since 2010 are fifth-most among major league second basemen in that time (second most in the National League in the same time frame) while his 283 extra-base hits during that span are most by a NL second baseman.

The switch-hitting Walker batted .276 (124-450) against righthanded pitching in 2015, while his career average versus righties is .275. Overall, Walker owns a career OPS of .769 since breaking into the big leagues in 2009.


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