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Major League Baseball free agent rumors: Yankees sign 2B Neil Walker

Tyler Wade could end up beginning the year in Triple-A instead of starting at second for the Yankees due to Monday's signing of free agent Neil Walker. File New York Yankees sign Neil Walker (Report)
Sammy Stanley | 13 March, 2018, 12:20

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

As first reported by Jeff Passan, the New York Yankees have agreed to terms with second basemen/utility man Neil Walker.

Free agent Neil Walker and the Yankees agreed to a one-year contract worth about $5 million, giving NY a veteran infielder who figures to allow prospects Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar more time to mature in the minor leagues. That would mean touted prospects Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar probably would start the season in the minor leagues. The 32-year-old Walker, who had been working out at the free-agent camp in Bradenton, Fla., is entering his 10th Major League season.

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Ronald Torreyes, 25, was penciled in to start at second base this season, but like third base, the Yankees opted to acquire established help. Walker's $5 million allows them to stay under the $197 million luxury-tax threshold and still have money to add a mid-season acquisition. Miguel Andujar, 23, was slated to start at third base, but NY traded for Brandon Drury to take over the hot corner. "But until something like that is finalized, I don't want to get into it".

Now Walker joins a Yankees team that has plenty of depth within its infield, though he will likely be the starter at second base. Last season, Neil slashed.265/.362/.439 with 14 home runs and 49 RBI in a combined 111 games for the New York Mets and Milwaukee 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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