Neil Walker, Yankees agree to deal, source says


The New York Yankees have agreed to a deal with veteran second baseman Neil Walker, according to multiple reports.

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

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Although we're now into the final two weeks of spring training, Walker won't be starting from scratch, as he had been working out the last couple weeks with other unsigned free agents in Bradenton, Fla.

This is a good deal for the Yankees as it allows Torres to further develop in Triple A and gives them an extra year to control his destiny.

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The deal, which was first reported Monday by Yahoo! Walker earned $17.2 million a year ago after accepting a qualifying offer from the Mets.The Yankees' second-base spot has been viewed as an open competition, with Tyler Wade leading a group that also includes Torres and Ronald Torreyes, plus non-roster invitees Danny Espinosa and Jace Peterson.

He proved his versatility on the infield by making 17 starts at first base, 95 starts at second base and four starts at third base between the Mets and the Brewers last season. 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.

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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.