Neil Walker: Agrees to deal with Yankees


Neil Walker: Agrees to deal with Yankees

According to FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman, the deal is believed to be a one-year deal worth $5 million. A career.272 hitter with 130 homers and 522 RBIs, the 32-year-old can play multiple infield positions, a trait that will likely come in handy with the Yankees, who won't shy away from exploiting their versatility.

Walker recently told the New York Times that he had been close to signing with the Yankees, but the team's trade for Brandon Drury halted momentum.

The Yankees have had a busy offseason, acquiring Giancarlo Stanton and Drury via trade, while signing Walker and naming Aaron Boone manager.

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

The Yankees' top prospect and one of the most highly touted young talents in the game, Torres, 21, entered Monday's action hitting just.130 (3-for-23) so far this spring. Espinosa (.160, 4-for-25) and Peterson (.143, 2-for-14) also have struggled at the plate and Torreyes (.316), although terrific in a utility role the last two seasons, has played just one game at second this spring. Also, perhaps the Yankees are concerned about Wade's left wrist, which he banged up last Saturday diving for a ball. 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. Walker batted.265/.362/.439 with 14 home runs and 49 RBI in 111 games last season between the Mets and Brewers.