Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Yankees agree to deal with former Mets second baseman Neil Walker

Yankees agree to deal with former Mets second baseman Neil Walker

The Yankees signed second baseman Neil Walker on Monday, pending a physical, according to Yahoo Sports. FanRag Sports reported that the sides agreed to a one-year major league contract worth about $5 million. He should be used primarily as a second baseman, but he could provide some depth at the corner infield spots as well.

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.

Until this signing, Tyler Wade appeared to be on his way to winning the job from a field that includes top prospect Gleyber Torres, utility infielder Ronald Torreyes and two non-roster players, Danny Espinosa and Jace Peterson.

Walker now becomes a late entrant in the Yankees' second-base competition.

The Yanks' infield battles this spring just got a lot more interesting in Tampa with the infusion of more versatile veteran talent brought by Walker.

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.

In 38 games for the Brewers, who were in the mix for a playoff spot, Walker hit.267 with four home runs and 13 RBI.

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