New York Yankees sign Neil Walker

  • New York Yankees sign Neil Walker

New York Yankees sign Neil Walker

It was announced this morning that the Yankees have agreed to a deal with free agent 2nd Baseman Neil Walker. The pact, pending a physical, is believed to be for one year and about $5 million, according to FanRag Sports.

Walker is an eight year veteran who has played for the Pirates, Mets and Brewers.

Back injuries robbed him of a consistent, productive, and possibly long-term stint with the Mets as he was just one of many notable names sidelined due to health issues.

One of the dozens of free agents still waiting to be signed after a slow (which is putting it mildly) offseason, the Walker deal rescues another veteran from the recently closed free-agent spring training camp. He still managed to bat.264 with 10 home runs and 36 RBI in 73 games.

Walker likely would start at second base and Brandon Drury, acquired from Arizona last month, would play third.

The move could signal that highly touted prospect Gleyber Torres, who has been competing for the Yankees' starting second-base job, will start the season in the minors.

Walker now becomes a late entrant in the Yankees' second-base competition. In 2017, the switch-hitter hit a combined.265 with 14 homers and 49 RBIs for the Mets and Brewers.

That makes New York's lineup that much more imposing come Opening Day.