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Mets to deal from rotation depth to acquire 2B Walker from Pirates

Neil Walker #18 of the Pittsburgh Pirates in action during the game against the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park on September 16, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) Jonathon Niese #49 of the New York Mets reacts after getting the final out of the sixth inning against the Chicago Cubs during game two of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series at Citi Field on October 18, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Mets defeated the Cubs 4-1. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Neil Walker #18 of the Pittsburgh Pirates in action during the game against the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park on September 16, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) Jonathon Niese #49 of the New York Mets reacts after getting the final out of the sixth inning against the Chicago Cubs during game two of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series at Citi Field on October 18, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Mets defeated the Cubs 4-1. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The New York Mets have agreed to acquire second baseman Neil Walker from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for left-hander Jon Niese.

Walker, 30, hit .269/.328/.427 with 32 doubles, 16 homers and 71 RBI in 151 games. He is a career .272/.338/.431 hitter with 93 homers and 418 RBI in seven major-league seasons. The Pirates selected him 11th overall in the 2004 draft.

Source: #Mets agree to trade Niese to #Pirates for Walker, pending medical reviews.

— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 9, 2015

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First on agreed trade between #Mets and #Pirates: @Joelsherman1. Again, pending medical review.

— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 9, 2015

Niese, 29, was 9-10 with a 4.13 ERA in 33 games (29 starts) this past season. He struck out 113 batters in 176 2/3 innings. Over his eight-season major-league career -- spent entirely with the Mets -- he is 61-61 with a 3.91 ERA and a 7.0 K/9 ratio.