Neil Walker signs one-year deal with Yankees


Walker agreed to a contract with the Yankees on Monday, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports. The pact, pending a physical, is believed to be for one year and about $5 million, according to FanRag Sports.

Walker is an eight year veteran who has played for the Pirates, Mets and Brewers.

The Yankees had room for one more infielder.

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

Now Walker joins a Yankees team that has plenty of depth within its infield, though he will likely be the starter at second base.

Walker is among the victims of a historically slow free agent market. 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. Walker was dealt to Milwaukee on August 12.Walker recently told The New York Times that he had discussions with the Yankees this offseason, believing that he could bounce between first base, second base and third base.

With the other additions during the spring of veterans, such as Danny Espinosa, Adam Lind, and Brandon Drury, who are also competing for infield positions, the Yankees would appear to be moving away from the youth movement represented this season by Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar, and Tyler Wade. The 32-year-old hit.265 with 14 homers and 49 RBIs last year for the Mets and Milwaukee, who acquired him August 12.

Neil Walker is returning to NY.