New York Yankees sign Neil Walker


Now that Neil Walker is onboard. maybe.

Neil Walker became the latest free agent to take a big pay cut as opening day approaches, joining the New York Yankees on Monday with a one-year deal for $4 million.

The one-year deal is pending a passed physical.

Walker recently told the New York Times that he had been close to signing with the Yankees, but the team's trade for Brandon Drury halted momentum. He has been primarily a second baseman in his career, though he played some first and third past year.

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As it turns out, the Yankees were not comfortable going into the 2018 season with two rookie infielders. His signing could signal the Yankees' intent to have touted prospects Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres begin the year in the Minor Leagues.

He had been working out at the camp for free agents in Bradenton, Florida, organized by the players' association.

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. Veterans Danny Espinosa and Jace Peterson are also in the mix. Now that Walker is around to back up first base, the Yankees don't need Tyler Austin or Adam Lind on the roster, clearing the way for Wade to be a super utility guy, if the Yankees want. 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. In 2017, the switch-hitter hit a combined.265 with 14 homers and 49 RBIs for the Mets and Brewers.