NEW YORK (AP) _ Second baseman Neil Walker has agreed to a $10.55 million, one-year contract with the New York Mets.
The agreement, announced Friday, avoided a salary arbitration hearing.
Walker batted .269 with 16 homers and 71 RBIs last season for his hometown Pittsburgh Pirates and earned $8 million after losing in arbitration. He was acquired by New York last month for left-hander Jonathon Niese.
The agreement was $50,000 under the midpoint between the $11.8 million Walker had asked for in arbitration and the $9.4 million New York had offered. Walker is eligible for free agency after the World Series.
Closer Jeurys Familia is the last Mets player in arbitration.
New York also said outfielder Brandon Nimmo was diagnosed this week with a partial tear of a tendon in his left foot. The Mets said he received an injection and the foot was placed in a boot. He will be evaluated in 10 days.