In what can only be classified as a stunning transaction just 17 days from the start of the regular season, the New York Yankees have signed veteran infielder Neil Walker to a contract today pending a physical.
In 2017, Walker played with the Mets before being traded to the Brewers. In 111 games he hit 14 home runs and drove in 49 runs.
Walker will be brought in to play second base for the Bronx Bombers. This should end any and all discussion of top prospect Gleyber Torres starting the season as the team's starting second baseman. Torres has struggled in the field and at the plate in the Grapefruit League. He is batting just .130 with no home runs or RBI.
What this means for Tyler Wade, who over the weekend suffered a wrist injury but was also named a "quiet" favorite to land the second base job and last year's favorite pretend cameraman, Ronald Torreyes remains to be seen. You'd have to imagine one would be the backup utility guy and the other would be off the team. In the case if Torreyes, the Yankees would have to DFA him and risk losing him to another team.
The contract for Walker is for one year in the $5 million range. Walker can also play first and third base which could make recent signee Adam Lind obsolete.
The Yankees are among the favorites in the American League in 2018 but they are still a very young team. The addition of Walker adds a nice veteran presence to the club after the departures of Matt Holliday and Todd Frazier.
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