Source: Walker back to N.Y. with Yanks deal

From ESPN - March 12, 2018

The New York Yankees have agreed to a deal with veteran second baseman Neil Walker, a source confirmed to ESPN.

The agreement, which was first reported Monday by Yahoo! Sports, is pending a physical. The sides agreed to a one-year major league contract worth about $5 million, as first reported by FanRag Sports and confirmed by ESPN.

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.

The move could signal that highly touted prospect Gleyber Torres, who has been competing for the Yankees' starting second-base job, will start the season in the minors.

Torres, who recently was rated as baseball's No. 5 overall prospect by ESPN's Keith Law, is hitting 3-for-23 this spring. He has been competing with Tyler Wade and Ronald Torreyes for the open spot at second base.


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