Neil Walkers accepts Mets qualifying offer

New York Mets 2nd baseman Neil Walker will be returning to the team in 2017 after he accepted the Mets qualifying offer which is a 1-year deal worth $17.2 million. Walker had a really solid season last year for the Mets as he hit .282 with 23 home runs. However, back surgery ended his season in late August and it created some uncertainty as to whether the Mets would extend him a qualifying offer. I was really surprised that the Mets did offer him a qualifying offer because of the uncertainty with his health after back surgery. They probably could have signed him to a cheaper multi-year contract anyway this offseason. However, it was a really smart move for Walker to accept the qualifying offer since the fact that he would have draft pick compensation as well as the uncertainty after his surgery, then teams would have been really hesitant to sign him. The Mets would have been a mess without him at 2nd base, so I agree that they should have re-signed him this offseason. However, he probably wasn’t worth the amount of money that he received with the qualifying offer and New York should have used their leverage to negotiate a multi-year deal for a cheaper annual price. Either way, Walker will have to prove himself again in 2017 and the Mets did the right thing by re-signing him, although they shouldn’t have given him a qualifying offer.

Grade: C-



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