Or even one rookie infielder, for that matter. The veteran second baseman signed a one-year contract with the Yankees, the club announced Monday. Walker earned $17.2 million a year ago 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. Miguel Andujar, 23, was slated to start at third base, but NY traded for Brandon Drury to take over the hot corner.
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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. He's a quality player and the Yankees just upgraded a position that was set to be a revolving door, and they did it without busting their luxury tax plan. He still managed to bat.264 with 10 home runs and 36 RBI in 73 games.
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Walker, 32, will give the Yankees a veteran at second base. Walker's arrival likely seals that Torres will begin the season at Triple-A.
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The deal, which was first reported Monday by Yahoo! Tyler Wade could end up with the RailRiders as well, though his versatility could land him on the bench. Drury figures to see more time at third base, which could nudge Andujar back to the Minors."I'm glad we got him", Wade said. 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.