The Brewers should go back to the mb logo. So much so that the Yankees have reportedly secured some insurance, reaching an agreement with veteran second baseman Neil Walker on a one-year, $5 million contract, Yahoo! 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.
The Yankees previously traded for Arizona infielder Brandon Drury to play third base after going into camp saying they'd be happy to start rookies at third and second.
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 closest thing he had to a full season with the Mets in 2016 (113 games) was one of his best in the majors, slugging 23 home runs - which tied a career high - with 55 RBI and a.282 batting average, his highest mark since 2010.
Maybe Gleyber Torres won't be the answer for the Yankees this season after all. Walker has recorded a league-adjusted OPS that ranked above average in each of his eight full Major League seasons, and he brings a competent glove as well.The Yankees showed interest in Walker a year ago prior to the non-waiver Trade Deadline, seeking insurance behind Greg Bird at first base, but they were unwilling to meet the Mets' asking price. Sports first reported. The deal is pending a physical. Tyler Wade could end up with the RailRiders as well, though his versatility could land him on the bench. Also, perhaps the Yankees are concerned about Wade's left wrist, which he banged up last Saturday diving for a ball. Getting him for one year and $5M is insane.