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Former Brewers infielder Neil Walker to sign with Yankees, AP reports

Sep 18 2017 Pittsburgh PA USA Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Neil Walker warms up before playing the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports Former Brewers infielder Neil Walker to sign with Yankees, AP reports
Kristopher Love | 13 March, 2018, 04:25

Back injuries robbed him of a consistent, productive, and possibly long-term stint with the Mets as he was just one of many notable names sidelined due to health issues. Or even one rookie infielder, for that matter.

The New York Yankees have signed veteran second baseman Neil Walker, pending physical, per Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan on Monday morning. Walker will presumably step right into the open second base job.

Walker recently told the New York Times that he had been close to signing with the Yankees, but the team's trade for Brandon Drury halted momentum. They have roughly $22M to spend under the luxury tax threshold, so Walker fits the payroll nicely. There are still plenty of dollars to be spent.

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. That would mean touted prospects Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar probably would start the season in the minor leagues.

Over 448 plate appearances in 2017, Walker produced a.265 batting average with 14 home runs, 59 runs scored, and 49 RBI. Walker was dealt to Milwaukee on August 12.Walker recently told The New York Times that he had discussions with the Yankees this offseason, believing that he could bounce between first base, second base and third base. Tyler Wade could end up with the RailRiders as well, though his versatility could land him on the bench. They still have enough money to add a pitcher as well, though Alex Cobb might be too pricey at this point, assuming Lance Lynn's one-year, $12M deal with the Twins sets his market.