The Yankees on Monday agreed to terms with former Mets second baseman Neil Walker, a baseball source confirmed to Newsday. Sports first reported. The deal is pending a physical.
Walker is an eight year veteran who has played for the Pirates, Mets and Brewers.
The Yankees had room for one more infielder.
One of the dozens of free agents still waiting to be signed after a slow (which is putting it mildly) offseason, the Walker deal rescues another veteran from the recently closed free-agent spring training camp.
Over 448 plate appearances in 2017, Walker produced a.265 batting average with 14 home runs, 59 runs scored, and 49 RBI. Miguel Andujar, 23, was slated to start at third base, but NY traded for Brandon Drury to take over the hot corner.
Regardless, Walker could have a highly-productive stay in the Bronx. He hit a solid.265/.362/.439 previous year and has been an above-average hitter in all eight of his full major-league seasons, so he won't be easy to displace.
That makes New York's lineup that much more imposing come Opening Day.