The Mets have made a couple of moves on Day 3 of winter meetings, completing a trade that brings over second baseman Neil Walker, 30, from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for LHP Jon Niese, 29. The deal serves as a trade of need for both squads, as the Pirates rotation lost J.A. Happ who signed a 3-year/$36 million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays earlier this offseason, and A.J. Burnett to retirement. Walker who has never played for another organization other than Pittsburg since being selected by the Bucs 11th overall in 2004 comes in and replaces Playoff hero Daniel Murphy, as he will serve as the everyday second baseman for the Mets. Walker had a good year for the Pirates, posting a .269 BA, 16 homers, 71 runs batted in and a .328 OBP as he has one year remaining before hitting free agency in 2017.

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The Mets made another move a few hours after, with the signing of Asdrubal Cabrera inking the IF to a 2-year/$18.5 million contract, with the third year being a team-option. The Mets will look to slide Cabrera back to SS, and could also play him at second and third base if necessary. The Mets were looking for infield depth, especially with Wright who will be 33 at the start of the season. Cabrera, 30, is coming off a good season with the Tampa Bay Rays, after hitting .265, with 15 homers and 58 runs batted in. Cabrera is seen as a versatile option for Terry Collins, who can play 2B/3B as well as SS when needed.

The newest Met additions, Walker and Cabrera will form a new duo up the middle for the Mets who had little offensive production from the 2B/SS position and struggled defensively last year. The duo will look to solidify a middle-infield that struggled on the field, as Wilmer Flores had a -10 DRS, Ruben Tejada a -15 DRS and Murphy a -6 DRS over the year. But where Cabrera and Walker look to improve the Mets most is on the offensive end. The Mets had a total of 41 plate appearances from switch hitters, which will significantly increase with both Walker and Cabrera’s ability to hit from both sides of the plate as they look to bring contact and power, as well as balance to the Mets lineup in 2016.

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