NEW YORK — Second baseman Neil Walker became the fifth player ever to accept a qualifying offer on Wednesday, returning to the Mets on a one-year, $17.2-million deal, according to the New York Post.

Walker, 31, hit .282 with 23 home runs in 113 games for the Mets before undergoing season-ending surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back. Had he rejected the Mets’ qualifying offer, he would have sought a multi-year deal.

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