When the Mets dealt Walker to the Brewers, it was after he accepted a $17.2-million qualifying offer. Walker accepted the offer after negotiations with the Mets broke down. One can reasonably conclude Walker might have hard feelings toward the Mets.
To come back to the Mets expect Walker to want at least two years. Considering his back issues, that’s not a gamble worth taking.
It makes sense if the Mets were expected to contend next summer, but do you really expect them to make up the 22 games they need to get back to .500?
That’s an incredible jump I don’t expect them to make. If the Mets were a serious contender, I’d rather they go after Jason Kipnis or Dee Gordon, or even Ian Kinsler, as has been speculated. Kinsler, 35, has two years left on his contract with Detroit, that will pay him $22 million. The money is doable, but should the Mets commit to a middle infielder at his age?
If age weren’t a consideration, how about Chase Utley, who is 38 but made only $2 million last year. Utley to the Mets would be a delicious sense of irony
Kipnis and Gordon would cost too much both in terms of prospects and/or money, so I don’t see the Mets going that route.