FLUSHING, N.Y., December 9, 2015 -- The New York Mets today announced the club has acquired second baseman Neil Walker from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for lefthanded pitcher Jonathon Niese.
Walker, 30, batted .269 (146-543) with 32 doubles, 16 home runs and 71 RBI in 151 games for Pittsburgh in 2015. His 16 home runs were tied for most by a National League second baseman while his .328 on-base percentage was tied for third-best among NL second basemen.
In 2014, Walker earned his first Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger award after hitting a career-high 23 home runs and ranking first among NL second basemen in home runs, slugging percentage (.467) and OPS (.809). He's hit at least 16 home runs in each of his last three seasons and has reached double-digit home run totals in each of his six full seasons in the big leagues.
Overall, his 93 home runs since 2010 are fifth-most among major league second basemen in that time (second most in the National League in the same time frame) while his 283 extra-base hits during that span are most by a NL second baseman. Since 2012, His 69 home runs are the most among National League second basemen. Walker is also one of two second basemen to have at least 20 doubles and 10 home runs in each of the last six seasons with the other being Seattle's Robinson Cano. His 283 extra-base hits since 2010.
The switch-hitting Walker batted .276 (124-450) against righthanded pitching in 2015, while his career average versus righties is .275. Overall, Walker owns a career OPS of .769 since breaking into the big leagues in 2009.
Defensively, Walker owned a .989 fielding percentage at second base in 2015, fifth-best among qualifying National League second basemen. In 2014, Walker had the second-best fielding percentage (.992) for a National League second baseman.
Walker, a native of Pittsburgh, was originally drafted by the Pirates in the first round (11th overall) in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft out of Pine-Richland (PA) High School.
Niese, 29, went 9-10 with a 4.13 ERA (81 earned runs/176.2 innings) in 33 games (29 starts) for the Mets in 2015. For his career in a Mets uniform, Niese was 61-61 in 182 games (177 starts). His 177 career starts are 10th-most in franchise history.