New York Yankees Signing Free Agent Neil Walker — ALERT


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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. Or even one rookie infielder, for that matter. Walker will presumably step right into the open second base job. Miguel Andujar, 23, was slated to start at third base, but NY traded for Brandon Drury to take over the hot corner.

An agreement with Walker at that price would raise the Yankees' projected luxury tax payroll to approximately $182 million, about $15 million below the luxury tax threshold. There are still plenty of dollars to be spent.

The pact is reported to be a one-year deal worth $5 million.

Walker, 32, joins the fray in Tampa for the infield spots vacated by third baseman Chase Headley, traded to the San Diego Padres and second baseman Starlin Castro, traded to the Miami Marlins, in the offseason.

With the signing of Walker, it seems all but finalized that top prospects Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres will begin the season in Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre. However, those negotiations stalled after the Yankees' acquisition of Brandon Drury from the D-backs on February 20.A career.272 hitter with 130 home runs, Walker captured a Silver Slugger Award with the Pirates in 2014. Tyler Wade could end up with the RailRiders as well, though his versatility could land him on the bench. Now, the Yankees have both their guys. Getting him for one year and $5M is insane. This may not be the last deal of the off-season as the Yankees are still scouting the market for a starting pitcher.