Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Yankees agree to deal with Neil Walker

Yankees agree to deal with Neil Walker

Neil Walker is returning to NY.

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.

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

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. "I control playing my game every day and making progress every day, staying humble and trying to help my team".

According to FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman, the deal is believed to be a one-year deal worth $5 million.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone has been saying throughout spring training that someone will win the open second base job and this spot will end up being a team strength. I'm excited we got him. In 2017, the switch-hitter hit a combined.265 with 14 homers and 49 RBIs for the Mets and Brewers.

Walker, 32, will give the Yankees a veteran at second base. 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.

NY made a similar deal by acquiring Brandon Drury from the Arizona Diamondbacks earlier this winter to start at third base should the prospects need more time to hone their games in the minors.

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