New Yankees 2B Neil Walker reportedly turned down a three-year extension from the Mets worth $42 million last offseason, reports Ken Davidoff of the NY Post.
According to Davidoff, Walker's representatives initially rejected the offer before trying to accept it at a later date -- which the Mets did not go for.
"Yeah, but that wasn't on me," Walker said about leaving $42 million on the table. "I accepted that deal and it was not accepted from the other side. Regardless of any situations in the past, I can't let any of this stuff affect me moving forward. This is too good of a team here. This is too good of a situation."
Walker, who the Mets traded to the Brewers last season and had interest in a reunion with before signing Todd Frazier earlier this offseason, recently agreed to a one-year deal with the Yankees worth $4 million.
The Mets' extension negotiations with Walker before last season were reported on at the time, but reportedly hit a snag due to the Mets wanting to restructure Walker's 2017 salary.
In any event, according to the report from Davidoff, Walker left a significant amount of money on the table during an offseason when he was coming off back surgery.
The 32-year-old Walker hit .265/.362/.439 with 14 HR and 21 doubles in 111 games last season with the Mets and Brewers.