Major League Baseball free agent rumors: Yankees sign 2B Neil Walker

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It was announced this morning that the Yankees have agreed to a deal with free agent 2nd Baseman Neil Walker.

The deal, which was first reported Monday by Yahoo! It could be one of the better bargain signings of the offseason if Walker can stay healthy. A career.272 hitter with 130 homers and 522 RBIs, the 32-year-old can play multiple infield positions, a trait that will likely come in handy with the Yankees, who won't shy away from exploiting their versatility.

The injury issues followed him into 2017 as he missed six weeks spanning from June to July.

Walker now becomes a late entrant in the Yankees' second-base competition.

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. The 32-year-old hit.265 with 14 homers and 49 RBIs last year for the Mets and Milwaukee, who acquired him August 12. He hit a solid.265/.362/.439 past 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.

In addition to Torres and Walker, the Yankees also have valuable utilityman Ronald Torreyes and young Tyler Wade vying for the starting second base job.