The Milwaukee Brewers have a new second baseman, acquiring Neil Walker and cash considerations from the New York Mets on Saturday night in exchange for a player to be named later, the teams announced.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told reporters the player heading to Queens in return for Walker will "probably not be identified for some time," according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.
As the Mets were playing in Philadelphia on Saturday night, Walker made the quick trip back to New York in order to gather his belongings at Citi Field. He plans to join the Brewers in Milwaukee in time for Sunday's contest against Cincinnati, according to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com.
"I'm excited to be back in a playoff race," Walker told DiComo. "I'm looking forward to ... meet(ing) the team and hopefully help them as much as I can."
The 30-year-old Walker, who will become a free agent at season's end, is earning $17.2 million this season. He's owed nearly $5 million over the balance of 2017, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, and it's likely the cash considerations in this trade are being sent to Milwaukee to cover at least some of that money.
Walker is hitting .264/.339/.442 with 10 home runs, 13 doubles, 27 walks, and 36 RBIs over 73 games for the Mets this season. He missed several weeks prior to the trade deadline due to a hamstring injury, and that may have led to the Yankees backing out of a deal to acquire him on July 31.
Since returning from the disabled list July 28, Walker owns a .569 OPS in 45 plate appearances.
Milwaukee, which surprisingly led the NL Central for much of this season before a second-half slump dropped it to third place, has received the fourth-worst production from second base in all of baseball this year at just 0.1 WAR, per Fangraphs.
Jonathan Villar, who led the majors in stolen bases one year ago as part of a breakout campaign, has regressed dramatically in 2017. His struggles have forced the club to turn to journeyman veteran Eric Sogard on a more regular basis.
The Brewers have been looking for upgrades at the position even after the non-waiver deadline passed, and reportedly had interest in Detroit's Ian Kinsler - who failed to clear revocable waivers - earlier this month.