The New York Mets and Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a deal that will send infielder Neil Walker and cash considerations to Milwaukee, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.
The addition of Walker will slightly improve the Brewers' offense. Walker will likely start at second base on a regular basis. Current starters, Jonathan Villar and Eric Sogard have not impressed Milwaukee's front office.
Walker, 31, is putting together an average season. He is batting .264 with 10 HRs and 36 RBIs in 265 at-bats this season. Walker accepted the Mets' qualifying offer last fall, which was worth $17.2 million for one year. Since Walker now has been traded mid-season, he is ineligible to receive a qualifying offer this offseason, and will elect free agency.
The Mets will acquire a player to be named later.
On Tuesday, the Milwaukee Brewers lost second baseman Scooter Gennett to their rival, the Cincinnati Reds, as they claimed him off waivers. C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reported the transaction first.
Gennett, 26, was drafted in the first year player draft in 2009 out of Sarasota High School in the 16th round by the Brewers. Gennett was born in Cincinnati and now he is going home to play for the Reds.
The four season veteran, has a solid slash line of .279/.318/.420 with 35 career HRs and 160 RBIs with the Brewers. Since making his debut with the Brewers in June of 2013, the lefty hitter has become an instant starter for Milwaukee. Gennett has potential to become an all-star caliber player and the Reds believe he can reach his potential.
With Brewers' top prospect Orlando Arcia reaching the majors and taking over shortstop, Johnathan Villar is expected to move over to second base. Gennett may have trouble receiving playing time in Cincinnati, as the starting infield seem to have their positions locked in. It appears Gennett will have to ride the bench.
Gennett will be playing under a $2.53 million contract this season and he is arbitration eligible in 2018. He is set to become a free agent in 2020.