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

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

Free agent Neil Walker and the Yankees agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract, a 75 percent paycut for the infielder in a deal that allows NY prospects Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar more time to mature in the minor leagues. Sports first reported. The deal is pending a physical. He is a solid defender who will most likely be the opening day second baseman for the Yankees.

Walker, 32, hit.265 with 14 home runs and 49 RBIs in just 111 games last season while playing for the Mets and Brewers. His signing could signal the Yankees' intent to have touted prospects Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres begin the year in the Minor Leagues. Walker was dealt to Milwaukee on August 12.Walker recently told The New York Times that he had discussions with the Yankees this offseason, believing that he could bounce between first base, second base and third base.

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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Torres has been a disappointment, as he hasn't hit at all (.130, 3-for-23), and he's a sure bet to open the season in Triple-A. Also, perhaps the Yankees are concerned about Wade's left wrist, which he banged up last Saturday diving for a ball.

A switch-hitter, Walker is a career.272 hitter with 130 homers in nine seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates (2009-15), Mets (2016-17) and Milwaukee Brewers. The 32-year-old hit.265 with 14 homers and 49 RBIs last year for the Mets and Milwaukee, who acquired him August 12.