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Neil Walker signing with Yankees, per reports

13 March 2018

Now that Neil Walker is onboard. maybe. The pact, pending a physical, is believed to be for one year and about $5 million, according to FanRag Sports.

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After finishing one win away from the World Series last season, the Yankees appear to be all-in on another run in 2018. The 32-year-old Walker, who had been working out at the free-agent camp in Bradenton, Fla., is entering his 10th Major League season. Miguel Andujar, 23, was slated to start at third base, but NY traded for Brandon Drury to take over the hot corner.

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Walker has recorded a league-adjusted OPS that ranked above average in each of his eight full Major League seasons, and he brings a competent glove as well.The Yankees showed interest in Walker a year ago prior to the non-waiver Trade Deadline, seeking insurance behind Greg Bird at first base, but they were unwilling to meet the Mets' asking price. He is a cheap veteran placeholder for Gleyber Torres or Miguel Andujar, two young prospects that are the future of the Yankees' infield and are expected in some combination to man second and third base for the foreseeable future once they're ready to make the permanent jump to Major League Baseball. Also, perhaps the Yankees are concerned about Wade's left wrist, which he banged up last Saturday diving for a ball.

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Walker, who also offers depth at first and third base, hit.265 with 14 homers and 49 RBIs between the Mets and Brewers last season. The switch-hitter could feast on the short porch in right field to add another perspective 25-plus home-run bat to the middle of the Yankees order that already includes Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and Didi Gregorius.

Neil Walker signing with Yankees, per reports