The Milwaukee Brewers and New York Mets have agreed to a trade that will send second baseman Neil Walker to Milwaukee, sources tell FanRag Sports. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports was the first to report that a deal was close.
The 31-year-old infielder entered play on Saturday hitting .264/.339/.442 with 10 homers, 13 doubles and 27 RBIs over 73 games. He missed a chunk of the summer after suffering a torn hamstring attempting to leg out a hit.
A reported deal between the Mets and Yankees involving Walker at the non-waiver trade deadline was reportedly nixed over medical records, though the veteran second baseman has since assured he’s just fine.
With Walker heading to Milwaukee, he has exclusively played in the National League over his career.
Prior to going to the Mets in 2016 via trade, he spent his first seven MLB seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Mets are still cleaning house, dealing Walker after already shipping out Lucas Duda (Rays), Addison Reed (Red Sox) and Jay Bruce (Indians).
Once hot, the Brewers have since trickled back since the second half of the season opened up. An inconsistent offense and failure to produce with runners in scoring position have pushed the Brewers back to even at 59-59 entering Saturday, with Milwaukee looking to snap a six-game losing streak.
The Mets enter the weekend in the logjam of the NL East and nine games under .500 at 52-61. The club’s pitching staff has been decimated by injuries, with six starters currently on the disabled list.