Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

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

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

He is a solid defender who will most likely be the opening day second baseman for the Yankees. The veteran second baseman signed a one-year contract with the Yankees, the club announced Monday. FanRag Sports reported that the sides agreed to a one-year major league contract worth about $5 million. Walker will presumably step right into the open second base job. 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. There are still plenty of dollars to be spent. He has been primarily a second baseman in his career, though he played some first and third previous year. Walker was dealt to Milwaukee on August 12.Walker recently told The New York Times that he had discussions with the Yankees this offseason, believing that he could bounce between first base, second base and third base. The closest thing he had to a full season with the Mets in 2016 (113 games) was one of his best in the majors, slugging 23 home runs - which tied a career high - with 55 RBI and a.282 batting average, his highest mark since 2010. Now, the Yankees have both their guys.

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

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.

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The Yankees were poised to wait out the market and sign a bargain free agent late in the offseason, and that is exactly what happened with Walker.

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