As first reported by Jeff Passan, the New York Yankees have agreed to terms with second basemen/utility man Neil Walker.
Source: Second baseman Neil Walker has agreed to a deal with the New York Yankees. Still pending a physical.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 12, 2018
The pact is reported to be a one-year deal worth $5 million. The deal is agreed upon but pending a physical as reported by Jon Heyman.
neil walker and yankees are finalizing a deal. will be MLB deal. believed to be about $5M. @JeffPassan 1st
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 12, 2018
General Manager Brian Cashman has once again struck gold, signing a quality veteran Major League player below initial market value. Adam Lind inked a one-year minor league pact last week. 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.
Taking advantage of the historically slow free-agent market has allowed Cashman to add Walker and Brandon Drury this offseason. Both were reportedly the Yankees top targets this winter, and a lot of internal debate was had on which one to acquire. Now, the Yankees have both their guys.
Walker, 32, is a 9-year MLB veteran who is a career .272 hitter and is known for his above-average defense. Last season, Neil slashed .265/.362/.439 with 14 home runs and 49 RBI in a combined 111 games for the New York Mets and Milwaukee Brewers.
With the signing of Walker, it seems all but finalized that top prospects Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres will begin the season in Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre. New York also has infielders Tyler Wade, Ronald Torreyes, Danny Espinosa, and Jace Peterson still competing for a 25-man roster spot.