The Yankees had room for one more infielder.
It was announced this morning that the Yankees have agreed to a deal with free agent 2nd Baseman Neil Walker. I don't know what happens right now if he signs."Walker's contract is believed to be worth about $5 million, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, which would keep the Yankees comfortably below their envisioned $197 million payroll threshold".
Walker is an eight year veteran who has played for the Pirates, Mets and Brewers.
Infielder Walker, Yankees agree to 1-year deal
Walker, 32, hit.265/.362/.439 (114 wRC+) with 14 homers and strong strikeout (17.2%) and walk (12.3%) rates in 2017. But a suddenly-rebuilding team, which also shipped off Jay Bruce, Lucas Duda and Addison Reed, opted to deal the pending free agent to the Brewers for minor-league pitcher Eric Hanhold.
NY made a similar deal by acquiring Brandon Drury from the Arizona Diamondbacks earlier this winter to start at third base should the prospects need more time to hone their games in the minors.
With the signing of Walker, it seems all but finalized that top prospects Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres will begin the season in Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre. The 32-year-old hit.265 with 14 homers and 49 RBIs last year for the Mets and Milwaukee, who acquired him August 12.
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Walker now becomes a late entrant in the Yankees' second-base competition.
Regardless, Walker could have a highly-productive stay in the Bronx.
The Yankees have had a busy offseason, acquiring Giancarlo Stanton and Drury via trade, while signing Walker and naming Aaron Boone manager.
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