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Yankees To Sign Neil Walker
4 months ago  ::  Mar 12, 2018 - 11:52AM #1
MajorYankFan
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Yankees To Sign Neil Walker



The Yankees have agreed to a contract with free-agent infielder Neil Walker, reports Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports (via Twitter). The agreement is pending a physical. Walker is a client of Excel Sports Management.


The agreement will bring to a close a lengthy trip through the free-agent process for the 32-year-old Walker, who struggled to find a landing spot this offseason despite a history of above-average offense and the ability to handle multiple positions around the infield. The infielder himself told Billy Witz of the New York Times recently that he thought he’d been close to an agreement with the Yankees before the team pivoted and acquired Brandon Drury from the D-backs.


Now, it seems that the Yankees will have veteran options to fill in at both third base and second base as they round out their infield before Opening Day. The addition of Walker likely means that both Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar will begin the 2018 season in the minors, with Drury lined up at the hot corner and Walker at second base. That said, Walker’s ability to bounce between first base and third base as well, if necessary, could allow him to move to a utility role later in the year if Torres emerges and pushes him for the starting second base job.


Walker is fresh off a solid .265/.362/.439 slash line with 14 homers in 448 plate appearances between the Mets and Brewers last season. A partially torn hamstring sidelined him for several weeks last summer, but he showed little in the way of ill effect late in the year, hitting at a .267/.403/.433 clip after an August trade to Milwaukee. Injuries have to be at least something of a concern with Walker, to be sure; in addition to last year’s hamstring trouble, Walker underwent back surgery in 2016 — a procedure that led to him accepting a $17.2MM qualifying offer from the Mets.


Health-related red flags notwithstanding, Walker has hit between 12 and 23 homers per season with average or better walk rates and above-average contact skills each season dating back to 2010, when he first established himself as a regular in Pittsburgh. By measure of OPS+ and wRC+, he’s been 14 to 15 percent better than the league-average hitter in that time. He’ll add to an already-imposing Yankees lineup and deepen an already-envious collection of quality infield options for GM Brian Cashman and first-year manager Aaron Boone.


4 months ago  ::  Mar 12, 2018 - 12:13PM #2
kyloren
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he hit 14 HR's last year, BA, .265 OBP, .362  SLG, .439 OPS, .801 OPS+, 111  what do you guys think was it a good signing or we didnt need him? 

4 months ago  ::  Mar 12, 2018 - 12:25PM #3
kyloren
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could this mean Torrez is in a package for a Pitcher like Archer? that would be sweet, living down here in Punta Gorda/Port Charllote Florida i see a lot of Archer, I really like Archer, would be sweet to get him! 



looking at Walker's highlights from last year he looks really good!,


4 months ago  ::  Mar 12, 2018 - 12:26PM #4
bomberhojoe
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Mar 12, 2018 -- 12:13PM, kyloren wrote:


he hit 14 HR's last year, BA, .265 OBP, .362  SLG, .439 OPS, .801 OPS+, 111  what do you guys think was it a good signing or we didnt need him? 




I believe that Cashman is going to have a VERY short leash with these kids, if they even make the team that goes north. So Walker will probably see alot of time at 2B.

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4 months ago  ::  Mar 12, 2018 - 12:32PM #5
newinn
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On a 1 year deal, I really like this signing.

4 months ago  ::  Mar 12, 2018 - 12:34PM #6
kyloren
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Mar 12, 2018 -- 12:32PM, newinn wrote:


On a 1 year deal, I really like this signing.




plus for the same price we got Capuano a few years ago and Walker is a hell of a lot better then Capuano! bet he hits more then 14 HR's with that short porchWink

4 months ago  ::  Mar 12, 2018 - 12:52PM #7
Paterson
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   I guess George called up from wherever new headquaters are and ordered an end to the Yankee youth movement. 

4 months ago  ::  Mar 12, 2018 - 12:54PM #8
ArtVandelay
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the Yanks will announce a 12 year extension with this guy any day now...  stay tuned

4 months ago  ::  Mar 12, 2018 - 12:58PM #9
kyloren
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Mar 12, 2018 -- 12:52PM, Paterson wrote:


   I guess George called up from wherever new headquaters are and ordered an end to the Yankee youth movement. 




well we all new it was a partial youth movement. we could still use Andujar as a DH/Bench Player unless were trading Andujar and Torrez for starting Pitching? I actually wouldnt be totally against trading one of them for Pitching. 

4 months ago  ::  Mar 12, 2018 - 1:00PM #10
kyloren
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Mar 12, 2018 -- 12:54PM, ArtVandelay wrote:


the Yanks will announce a 12 year extension with this guy any day now...  stay tuned




he is only 32 i could see signing him to a two or three year deal at the end of the year if we like what we see...



look bottome line is Andujar started out strong this spring but now is not hitting and Torrez hasnt hit all spring we are trying to compete for a World Series this year and we are in a partial rebuild, we still have young kids on the team. I havent been impressed with Montgomery this spring either dont be surprised if we get a guy like Cobb or make a trade for a starting pitcher. this proves to me yet again why Casman is one of the best GM's in the game right now!

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