What’s The Hurry In Signing Walker?

What’s the hurry? That was the first impression after hearing the Mets and second baseman Neil Walker had preliminary discussions on a possible multi-year contract.

WALKER: No hurry? (AP)

WALKER: No hurry? (AP)

I hope those discussions entail waiting to see how Walker copes coming off surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back. After with what the Mets have gone through with David Wright, and his persistent pain and lack of playing time, why would they hurry into another long-term contract with a player coming off back surgery?

“We’ve had some discussions and nothing has come to fruition,” Walker told reporters in Port St. Lucie. “But for me, looking at this, there is no place I would want to be, and looking down the road at what is here and what the next [few] years look like, this is an exciting place to be as a big league ballplayer. I feel confident in my health, and they do, too.”

That’s all good, but there’s a difference between a one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer and a reported three-year, $40-million contract.

Despite consecutive playoff appearances, the Mets remain a penny-pinching bunch. In addition to Wright’s deal, they are tied to a four-year, $110-million anchor with Yoenis Cespedes.

The Cespedes deal has been an obstacle in dealing either Jay Bruce ($13 million) or Curtis Granderson ($15 million), although both will be off the books after this season. They are also in the middle of a long-term contract with Juan Lagares, but he’s not even starting.

They are apparently in no rush to sign any of their pitchers to long-term contracts, which is just as well since four of them are coming off surgery. Even so, in two years they’ll have to deal with Matt Harvey’s free-agency. Then come the rest.

Make no mistake, Walker had a terrific year, batting .282 with 23 homers and 55 RBI, but he only played in 113 games, but said he was in persistent pain.

“I’d probably wake up every single morning and as soon as I’d throw my feet over the side of bed, I could tell whether it was going to be a good or bad day,’’ Walker said.

Even that, one would think the Mets would operate with some hesitancy in this case.

7 thoughts on “What’s The Hurry In Signing Walker?

  1. Reduced salary for 2017. As opposed to $17.5. It can be $10, and the remaining to be adjusted the next 3 years

  2. I certainly understand being cautious – and at this point I think it makes sense to wait. But it’s not really that crazy to have talked about an extension around the time of the qualilfying offer- especially if the rumors are correct and it was something in the area of 3 years/$40 mil. Right now they are paying him 17.2 mil for this season. So 2/22.8 mil (the “extra” money the extension would give him beyond the Qo) isn’t really a huge risk. And his back issues arent nearly as severe as Wright’s problems. If he goes on and plays great, he’s going to command more money than that. So in that sense it’s similar to all the talk about signing players to extensions before they hit FA.

  3. While I generally agree with your take on waiting on Walker to determine if he’s fully healthy before committing to long-term dollars, I must disagree with your continual take that somehow the Mets are “cheap” or “penny pinchers.”
    I will unequivocally state right up front that I am no fan of the current ownership, but take a look at what the Mets have done this off-season:
    $110 million for Cespedes; $17.2 million for Walker; $13 million for Bruce; and approximately $10 million for Blevins and Salas. Certainly, we can disagree or question the wisdom of spending this much on these particular players, but that’s about $150 million spent this offseason. How many other teams have spent that much?

  4. Considering the team is broke and half the team is injured I would wait to make sure he is healthy before getting more serious

    Plus although he is a prospect, Rosario is supposed to be pretty good.

  5. sorry to post off subject, but no one really responded to that early Thor post which should actually be a concern. My point was how in the world is every one on the team including Jake & Harvey wall banger, not telling Thor to focus on pitching not his radar gun readings. Saying rah rah, we need a guy who only wants to throw hard isnot a strategy or approach that is going to benefit the pitcher or team. Here is more thought from another site, that normally is ok.
    Former major league pitcher and pitching coach Tom House believes that Noah Syndergaard could suffer an arm injury as soon as this summer, he told Bob Klapisch of The Record.
    House, who pitched seven years in the major leagues, said Syndergaard’s adding of 17 pounds of muscle only hurts his development.
    “Unfortunately, this is an injury waiting to happen by the second week of June,” House told Klapisch. “Unless you’re picking up a ball while you’re getting stronger, you’re just adding muscle that doesn’t know how to throw. It’s unskilled muscle.

    • Totally agree.
      He throws hard enough

      As long as he has good control and not injured he will dominate

      There are plenty of pitchers who throw hard and get crushed

      • the risk for injury is not worth an extra 2-3 mph… the team must be telling him, –> hopefully they make him write it on a blackboard in the clubhouse 100 times per day.. (start over, if there are any mistakes)