Yankees sign veteran 2B Neil Walker
The New York Yankees have signed veteran infielder Neil Walker, the club announced Monday afternoon.
The deal is a one-year, Major League contract with a $4 million base salary along with further incentives based on plate appearances.
Walker, 32, was one of the last remaining free agent stars available in this year's slow-moving offseason, and had previously been linked to the Yankees prior to the team's three-way deal that landed them infielder Brandon Drury from Arizona.
Walker has played for three clubs in his nine-year career: the Pirates (his hometown team), the Mets and the Brewers, for whom he's compiled a career slash line of .272/.341/.437 with 130 home runs and 522 RBI.
Walker was a Silver Slugger in 2014, and finished fifth in Rookie of the Year voting in 2010 with the Pirates.
The Yankees appeared to have addressed their infield vacancies with the addition of the aforementioned Drury, himself a second baseman primarily.
Walker has played some third base but has spent the majority of his career at second, indicating that perhaps upcoming prospects like Tyler Wade, Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres, who were initially expected to fill those spots on the diamond, might need further polish at the minor league levels.
Stay tuned to YES Network for more developments and details on the Walker signing as Opening Day looms less than three weeks away.