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Neil Walker: Agrees to deal with Yankees

Neil Walker: Agrees to deal with Yankees

So much so that the Yankees have reportedly secured some insurance, reaching an agreement with veteran second baseman Neil Walker on a one-year, $5 million contract, Yahoo! Walker earned $17.2 million past year 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.

The deal is pending a physical and terms have not yet been released.

Walker, 32, immediately becomes the favorite to be the Yankees' starting second baseman.

Walker likely will start at second base and Brandon Drury, acquired from Arizona last month, will play third.




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

Torres, who recently was rated as baseball's No. 5 overall prospect by ESPN's Keith Law, is hitting 3-for-23 this spring.

The Yanks' infield battles this spring just got a lot more interesting in Tampa with the infusion of more versatile veteran talent brought by Walker. The 32-year-old hit.265 with 14 homers and 49 RBIs last year for the Mets and Milwaukee, who acquired him August 12. 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.

A switch-hitter, Walker is a career.272 hitter with 130 homers in nine seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates (2009-15), Mets (2016-17) and Milwaukee Brewers.


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