Los Angeles Angels Second Base Options
New York Mets’ Neil Walker
The biggest headline in a weak 2017 free agent class concerning second base is Neil Walker.
Now, his name may sound familiar to Angels’ fans as he was at many times rumored to be acquired by the Angels during the 2015 season. But, a deal was never made.
Walker has a very consistent bat and some power as well which would help the Angels’ middle of the lineup dearly.
Last season, Walker had a slash line of .282/.347/.823 which is why he’s considered one of the best. He also had 23 home runs which shows some of his power.
Walker last season made $10.5M and his price is only going to be more steeper. I expect his contract range to be around a three to four year deal worth $14-16M per year.
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What most fans don’t know is that the Angels may have an advantage in signing Walker. Besides the familiarity with him already, if the Angels do make the move, the Angels would only have to surrender a second round pick, given the qualifying offer.
The Angels have enough money to make a big move and Walker is that big move. If the Angels do try and pursue him, it would immediately fill a giant hole at second base.