Neil Walker, Yankees agree to 1-year deal

Sep 18 2017 Pittsburgh PA USA Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Neil Walker warms up before playing the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The veteran second baseman signed a one-year contract with the Yankees, the club announced Monday. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, it's a one-year deal believed to be worth around $5 million.

The Yankees began spring training without a starter at two infield spots.

The injury issues followed him into 2017 as he missed six weeks spanning from June to July.

Walker is among the victims of a historically slow free agent market.

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.

With the other additions during the spring of veterans, such as Danny Espinosa, Adam Lind, and Brandon Drury, who are also competing for infield positions, the Yankees would appear to be moving away from the youth movement represented this season by Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar, and Tyler Wade.

Walker has recorded a league-adjusted OPS that ranked above average in each of his eight full Major League seasons, and he brings a competent glove as well.The Yankees showed interest in Walker previous year prior to the non-waiver Trade Deadline, seeking insurance behind Greg Bird at first base, but they were unwilling to meet the Mets' asking price.

Regardless, Walker could have a highly-productive stay in the Bronx.

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.

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



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