Neil Walker: Agrees to deal with Yankees

Major League Baseball free agent Neil Walker fields a ground ball during drills Thursday

Major League Baseball free agent Neil Walker fields a ground ball during drills Thursday

After finishing one win away from the World Series last season, the Yankees appear to be all-in on another run in 2018.

According to FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman, the deal is believed to be a one-year deal worth $5 million. He has been competing with Tyler Wade and Ronald Torreyes for the open spot at second base.

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

Over 448 plate appearances in 2017, Walker produced a.265 batting average with 14 home runs, 59 runs scored, and 49 RBI.

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Maybe Gleyber Torres won't be the answer for the Yankees this season after all. Drury figures to see more time at third base, which could nudge Andujar back to the Minors."I'm glad we got him", Wade said.

The team agreed to a deal with former Met and Pirate Neil Walker on Monday morning, The Post confirmed.

The Yankees were poised to wait out the market and sign a bargain free agent late in the offseason, and that is exactly what happened with Walker. 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 previous year 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. Getting him for one year and $5M is insane.

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