PHILADELPHIA — The Mets continued to sell off their veterans Saturday night, promulgation Neil Walker and cash to the Brewers for a player to be named later. Walker was due just under $5 million on his $17.1 million understanding for 2017.
The Mets have been committed to shedding their veterans in credentials for 2018, and Sandy Alderson may not be finished yet.
“We still have inventory,” Alderson pronounced when asked if he was finished dealing.
Not so much anymore.
Walker is the second player dealt this week, following Jay Bruce, who was sent to the Indians on Wednesday. He is the fourth maestro the Mets have traded in the last two weeks after they sent first baseman Lucas Duda to Tampa and closer Addison Reed to the Red Sox.
Sandy Alderson pronounced publicly on Thursday that his motivating cause was not saving money, but clearing the way for immature kids to play with an eye toward 2018.
This is the second trade the Mets finished that was not a sum financial benefit for them. They took on income when they traded for AJ Ramos before the non-waiver deadline.
“It’s a humorous marketplace these days. Some clubs, in fact many clubs, prefer to take on income than pierce prospects, some clarity you have to demeanour for value,” Alderson said. “It is also critical for us to create personification time. We’re seeing that at first base, we’re seeing it at shortstop and we’re going to see it in the outfield to some extent. we consider we’ll have a easier revolution in the infield. This is about seeing what some of the players can do for 2018.”
But the Mets do not have a transparent thought of who this pierce opens up personification time for.
Wilmer Flores will get some time at second and presumably Matt Reynolds and Gavin Cecchini “down the road,” Alderson said.
T.J. Rivera also total into the Mets’ plans at second bottom for next year, but he is in Florida in the initial stages of trying to rehab a partially ripped ulnar material ligament.
It was an ungainly finish to Walker’s time as a Met.
He was summoned to the manager’s bureau after holding batting use on the field, where he stood with Alderson for about 5 mins and then pronounced his goodbyes in the clubhouse.
But there was a holdup on the final sum as Milwaukee had to make a register pierce after their diversion with the Reds. It did not turn central until about 11:15 p.m. after the Brewers walked off a 10-inning game.
Walker had waited in the Mets hall until the fifth inning. As he left the clubhouse, he told reporters he could not criticism since there was no central deal. Then he climbed onto a golf transport and was driven out of Citizens Bank Park.
With their 3-1 detriment to the Phillies Saturday night, the Mets are 10 games next .500.
So there is really no reason for Alderson to keep resources he can sell off at this point.
And Walker was a bizarre signing for the Mets from the start.
A good understanding before the 2016 season, the Mets got him in a true trade that sent lefty Jon Niese to the Pirates. The 31-year-old had to finish his deteriorate early to have medicine to correct a herniated front in his back, however. A free agent at the finish of the year, the Mets offering him the $17.1 million subordinate offer. It was a ideal understanding for Walker, giving him a possibility to infer he was healthy before attack the free agent’s market.
It was a outrageous salary, however, for a second baseman coming off back surgery. It also held up attempts to understanding Walker over the last few weeks, even some-more so than the reported concerns over his medicals.
A Brewers source reliable that the teams had talked about Walker a few times over the last week. He said, however, that the remaining salary, $4.7 million, was a adhering indicate for Milwaukee.
The Brewers had fewer concerns about Walker’s health, which had apparently been a adhering indicate for the Yankees in a understanding that was close to being finished Jul 31. Walker, dissapoint that that story leaked out just as he was coming into free group at the finish of this season, insisted he was healthy.
He valid it in his last two games as a Met, going 6-for-9 with a home run and two RBI against the Phillies.
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