Neil Walker signing with Yankees, per reports

Neil Walker signing with Yankees, per reports

That makes New York's lineup that much more imposing come Opening Day.

The New York Yankees have agreed to a deal with veteran second baseman Neil Walker, according to multiple reports.

He had been working out at the camp for free agents in Bradenton, Florida, organized by the players' association. His signing could signal the Yankees' intent to have touted prospects Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres begin the year in the Minor Leagues. Jon Heyman says it's a one-year deal worth about $5M. Walker earned $17.2 million previous year after accepting a qualifying offer from the Mets.The Yankees' second-base spot has been viewed as an open competition, with Tyler Wade leading a group that also includes Torres and Ronald Torreyes, plus non-roster invitees Danny Espinosa and Jace Peterson. Now that Walker is around to back up first base, the Yankees don't need Tyler Austin or Adam Lind on the roster, clearing the way for Wade to be a super utility guy, if the Yankees want. "It's a big bat, big power". Miguel Andujar, 23, was slated to start at third base, but NY traded for Brandon Drury to take over the hot corner. Switch-hitter, too, so he adds versatility and he plays all over.

Walker, 32, will give the Yankees a veteran at second base.

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. When it was reported the two sides were discussing a deal a week or two ago, Walker said he was open to moving around the infield and playing wherever, so there you go.

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