Yankees Sign Neil Walker To $4 Million Deal

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports is reporting that veteran, free-agent second baseman Neil Walker has reached an agreement with the New York Yankees.

Walker, 32, is a seven-year MLB veteran who had a tough time finding an employer over the offseason and into Spring Training. After hearing his name surface a number of times with a number of teams, the career .272 hitter looks to have found a home.

Although he is not an overly-capable fielder (career -23.9 UZR in seven MLB seasons, though his UZR in 2016 with the Mets was 9.3), his bat is without a doubt his strength. (162-game averages of .272/.341/.437 with 20 home runs, 80 RBI, and 31 doubles).

The Yankees traded for Brandon Drury earlier in the offseason and have top-prospect Gleyber Torres waiting in the wings, who can play either shortstop or second base.

With Walker now in the mix at second base, Drury figures to play mostly at third, with Ronald Torreyes backing up Walker at second if he doesn’t get assigned to Triple-A.

Walker will receive a guaranteed $4 million dollar base salary, plus $125K for 425, 450, 475 and 500 plate appearances.

Last season, Walker earned $17.2 million dollars after the Mets made him a qualifying offer. The Yankees got themselves a huge steal.

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