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Dec 9 (The Sports Xchange) - The New York Mets acquired second baseman Neil Walker from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday in exchange for left-hander Jonathon Niese. Walker will fill the spot vacated after the season by free-agent second baseman Daniel Murphy. The 30-year-old Walker batted .269 with 16 home runs and 71 RBIs last season for the Pirates, winning a Silver Slugger award. He is eligible for free agency after the 2016 season. Niese posted a 9-10 record with a 4.13 ERA in 29 starts last season for the Mets. With young standouts Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz in the rotation, the 29-year-old Niese was considered expendable by New York. - - - The Baltimore Orioles have offered free agent slugger Chris Davis a seven-year deal in the $150 million range, according to reports. ESPN reported the offer was for about $150 million, which would average more than $21 million per year. The Baltimore Sun reported the Orioles are not willing to go beyond $22 million a year to re-sign Davis. The 29-year-old Davis, a first baseman who also has played third base as well as right field since coming to Baltimore in 2011, led the majors with 47 home runs in 2015 and has 159 homers over the past four seasons, more than any other player on the free agent market. The left-handed slugger was second in the American League with 117 RBIs this past season. Davis hit 53 homers for the Orioles in 2013. - - - The market for Jason Heyward could be defined before baseball executives scatter from Nashville on Thursday, and it includes the active Cubs and San Francisco Giants bidding against his most recent employer, the St. Louis Cardinals. CBS Sports reported the Chicago Cubs have been in close contact with Heyward's representatives, even after signing second baseman Ben Zobrist to a $56 million contract and adding veteran starter John Lackey. The Giants are in talks with Royals left fielder Alex Gordon, per FOX and ESPN, but have also weighed bringing on Heyward, 26, is a Gold Glove defensive player with the ability to play any spot in the outfield. - - - The Seattle Mariners acquired first baseman Adam Lind from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for three young minor league right-handed pitchers. The three minor league pitchers going to the Brewers are Carlos Herrera, Daniel Missaki and Freddy Peralta. Lind, 32, had a .360 on-base percentage to go along with a .460 slugging average last season, with 20 home runs and 87 RBIs in 149 games. He played 138 games (including 134 starts) at first base. Since making his major league debut in 2006, Lind is a career .274 hitter with 166 homers and 606 RBIs in 1,102 games with the Blue Jays (2006-2014) and Milwaukee (2015). - - - Graham McNamee, whose national play-by-play of the World Series in the earliest days of radio transformed the one-time opera singer into a household name, has been selected as the 2016 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award. The award is presented annually for excellence in broadcasting by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. - - - (Editing by Mark Lamport-Stokes)