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ALERT: New York Yankees Signing Free Agent Neil Walker

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Yankees manager Aaron Boone has been saying throughout spring training that someone will win the open second base job and this spot will end up being a team strength.

The New York Yankees signed veteran infielder Neil Walker on Monday morning, according to a report from Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan.

The one-year deal is pending a passed physical.

The Yanks' infield battles this spring just got a lot more interesting in Tampa with the infusion of more versatile veteran talent brought by Walker.

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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.

Walker likely will start at second base and Brandon Drury, acquired from Arizona last month, will play third. Second baseman Starlin Castro, an All-Star last season, was traded to Miami in the Giancarlo Stanton deal, third baseman Chase Headley was traded to San Diego in a salary dump and third baseman Todd Frazier became a free agent and signed with the Mets.

Walker is among the victims of a historically slow free agent market.

Ronald Torreyes, 25, was penciled in to start at second base this season, but like third base, the Yankees opted to acquire established help. However, those negotiations stalled after the Yankees' acquisition of Brandon Drury from the D-backs on February 20.A career.272 hitter with 130 home runs, Walker captured a Silver Slugger Award with the Pirates in 2014. He's a switch hitter who put together a combined.265/.365/.439 slash line with 14 home runs and 49 RBI between the two clubs.

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