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.