New York Mets second baseman Neil Walker accepted the qualifying offer of $17.2 million from the team today. He will be the expected starter at second base for the Mets in 2017.
Neil Walker is taking the qualifying offer, so now on #Mets 2017 books for $17.2M
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) November 14, 2016
This move is the right move for Walker, since he is coming off back surgery and has a second chance to redeem his value. He had a good season in 2016 until his injury, and if he bounces back and has a great 2017, then he will command a large contract after the 2017 season.
The Mets need Walker to be one of their better hitters, especially if Yoenis Cespedes does not return to the team. Walker hit .282 with 23 home runs and 55 RBI in 2016, and in order for the Mets to compete in the National League East race, Walker will have to keep up the production.