Mets second baseman Neil Walker said he is open to re-signing with the team when he hits free agency this offseason, the New York Daily News reported. Walker, who underwent season-ending back surgery earlier this month, called the team a "good fit" but still wants to leave his options open.
From the Daily News:
"Everything is an option right now. We're looking at several different options. Like I said, this is a good fit and this looks good, but we don't know what else is out there," Walker said. "We don't know where teams might be coming from. The free agent market is kind of weak, especially at the infield position, so you never know what could happen."
Walker's back issue is something he's been dealing with for a few years, and it just happened to "rear its ugly head" this season. He will resume baseball-related activities in three months and expects to be ready for spring training. Before Walker's surgery, GM Sandy Alderson had publicly expressed interest in re-signing Walker.
In 2016 with the Mets, Walker hit .282/.347/.476 in 458 plate appearances and posted a career high 9.2% walk rate and 3.8 fWAR. He tied his career high with 23 home runs while his strikeout rate of 18.3% was slightly above his career average of 17.4%. Defensively, he was about average, posting -1 defensive runs saved in 113 games at second base.