Neil Walker, Yankees agree to deal, source says

Neil Walker, Yankees agree to deal, source says

The Brewers should go back to the mb logo.

The Yankees on Monday agreed to terms with former Mets second baseman Neil Walker, a baseball source confirmed to Newsday.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone has been saying throughout spring training that someone will win the open second base job and this spot will end up being a team strength.

The Yankees and Walker discussed a deal prior to the Brandon Drury trade, and apparently the Yankees never fully closed the door.

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An agreement with Walker at that price would raise the Yankees' projected luxury tax payroll to approximately $182 million, about $15 million below the luxury tax threshold. He's a quality player and the Yankees just upgraded a position that was set to be a revolving door, and they did it without busting their luxury tax plan.

Walker, 32, hit.265/.362/.439 (114 wRC+) with 14 homers and strong strikeout (17.2%) and walk (12.3%) rates in 2017.

FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the deal will be worth about $5 million. His signing could signal the Yankees' intent to have touted prospects Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres begin the year in the Minor Leagues."I don't control that", Torres said. Also, perhaps the Yankees are concerned about Wade's left wrist, which he banged up last Saturday diving for a ball. It could be one of the better bargain signings of the offseason if Walker can stay healthy.

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. Getting him for one year and $5M is insane.

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