Mets Trade Second Baseman Neil Walker to Brewers

New York Mets second baseman Neil Walker has been scratched from the club’s starting lineup on Saturday, according to the NY Daily News’ Kristie Ackert.

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports first reported the Brewers and Mets were “close” on a deal sending Walker to Milwaukee. In 2017 so far, Walker is hitting a line of.264/.339/.442 with 10 home runs and 36 runs batted in. He missed a chunk of the summer after suffering a torn hamstring attempting to leg out a hit.

The Mets are moving Walker on the heels of dealing Jay Bruce to the Indians as they shed veterans and salary after the trade deadline through waiver deals.

Overall though, Walker has actually had a decent second year in Queens, so the Brewers will be picking a very talented infielder. While a deadline deal with the Yankees was in the works, it fell through at the last minute due to concerns about his medical records. 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 31-year-old Walker spent seven seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates before being dealt to the Mets after the 2015 campaign. Harvey has been on the disabled list since June 16 with a stress injury to his right scapula.