Good news for Walker?
The San Diego Padres decided to trade second baseman Josh Barfield to the Cleveland Indians to fill a gaping hole at third base. In return San Diego gets Indians prospect Kevin Kouzmanoff and a pitcher.
The trade of Barfield opens a potential landing spot for Walker, who enters the offseason as a true free agent for the first time since the 2003 season. His solid finish in San Diego -- and the Padres lack of prospect depth in the middle infield -- seem to be a nice combination and a possibility of Walker's 2007 home and perhaps beyond.