Yankees Agree To 1-Year Deal With Ex-Met Neil Walker

Ross Houston
March 13, 2018

Now that Neil Walker is onboard. maybe.

The New York Yankees have agreed to a deal with veteran second baseman Neil Walker, according to multiple reports.

The one-year deal is pending a passed physical. Miguel Andujar, 23, was slated to start at third base, but NY traded for Brandon Drury to take over the hot corner.

Even after acquiring Brandon Drury from the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Yankees will get Walker to a reported $5 million contract for one season. He has been primarily a second baseman in his career, though he played some first and third previous year. Second baseman Starlin Castro, an All-Star last season, was traded to Miami in the Giancarlo Stanton deal, third baseman Chase Headley was traded to San Diego in a salary dump and third baseman Todd Frazier became a free agent and signed with the Mets. He is a cheap veteran placeholder for Gleyber Torres or Miguel Andujar, two young prospects that are the future of the Yankees' infield and are expected in some combination to man second and third base for the foreseeable future once they're ready to make the permanent jump to Major League Baseball.

Wade is hitting.292 (7-for-24) in 11 games, but the 23-year-old has just 30 games and 58 at-bats worth of big-league experience. He said he was fine after the game. In 2017, the switch-hitter hit a combined.265 with 14 homers and 49 RBIs for the Mets and Brewers. However, those negotiations stalled after the Yankees' acquisition of Brandon Drury from the D-backs on February 20.A career.272 hitter with 130 home runs, Walker captured a Silver Slugger Award with the Pirates in 2014.

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