Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Neil Walker signing with Yankees pending a physical

Neil Walker signing with Yankees pending a physical

The Yankees signed second baseman Neil Walker on Monday, the team announced.

FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the deal will be worth about $5 million.

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

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. But a suddenly-rebuilding team, which also shipped off Jay Bruce, Lucas Duda and Addison Reed, opted to deal the pending free agent to the Brewers for minor-league pitcher Eric Hanhold.

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

In addition to Torres and Walker, the Yankees also have valuable utilityman Ronald Torreyes and young Tyler Wade vying for the starting second base job. He said he was fine after the game.

Walker, who is entering his 10th major league season, split the 2017 campaign with the Mets and Milwaukee Brewers, hitting a combined.265 with 14 home runs and 49 RBIs in 111 games. 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.

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