The notion of bringing back free-agent-to-be Neil Walker should be explored since the veteran wants to work with rising stars in the Marlins organization.
The Marlins will have another decision to make after this end of the season about veteran Neil Walker and his potential future with the organization.
As of now, the utility player is scheduled to become a free agent once again after signing a one-year deal prior to Spring Training. Walker has expressed interest in wanting to come back to the Marlins, as has veteran outfielder Curtis Granderson.
Bill Ladson of MLB.com spoke with Walker about his future in the Majors and potentially remaining in South Florida for next season.
"“Marlins infielder Neil Walker made it known Wednesday afternoon that he would like to play another season in the big leagues. He is willing to return to the Marlins and mentor the young kids like Isan Diaz and Brian Anderson. As Walker put it, he has enjoyed his time with Miami in 2019,” he explained."
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Since both players – Granderson and Walker – were inexpensive acquisitions in free agency, would it mean the front office would explore bringing them back, knowing prospects with brighter futures would remain in the minor league system for a little longer?
That’s a hefty proposition facing Derek Jeter, Michael Hill, and Dick Scott. Walker’s willingness to pass on his knowledge of the game and help rising stars is part of the gift of this sport.
"“Where I am in my career, the value of experience and the value of going through the ups and downs of a long season, those things are pretty valuable. You feel like it’s necessary to share with the younger generation,” the 34-year-old Walker said.“I feel like we have done a good job of coming in here on a daily basis and working hard. I’m not going to close the door when it comes to coming back [to the Marlins].”"
Walker called four other stops on the MLB tour his home over the years since being drafted in the first round by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2004. He said upon signing with the Marlins last offseason that getting in a full Spring Training was important to him. With the Marlins, playing in a limited role, he has been able to deliver.
In other words, it was $2 million well spent for Walker. If the 34-year-old cannot stay in Miami or latch on with another club, there is always an opportunity to work in baseball broadcasting. Still, playing another season is his first option before anything else.
"“I feel I have a lot to give to this game. I have a lot left in the tank,” Walker said. “But being in a booth, doing some color — radio or TV or whatever — it would be something I would be interested in. This offseason, I hope to get some experience [in that field]. I’m not quite sure what it will be.”"