The Yankees have brought former Mets 2B Neil Walker back to the Big Apple after signing him to a one-year deal expected to be worth about $5 million, Yahoo! Sports Jeff Passan reported first. The deal will be complete pending a physical.
Walker has been one of many veteran free agents that have gone without a contract this spring. However, as the season looms closer, it appears teams are beginning to make headway with them, and Walker is the latest to ink a deal.
The Mets were reportedly showed some interest in bringing back Walker for 2018, but they seemed to have other players like Todd Frazier, Josh Harrison, and Eduardo Nunez above him on their list. They eventually signed Frazier to a two-year, $17 million deal.
A nine-year vetearn, Walker played 186 games over his two-year span with the Mets, where he posted a .275/.344/.462 slashline with 33 homers and 91 RBI.
Defensively, Walker has the ability to play third base as well as second. However, he was a minus-5 in defensive runs saved in 95 games at second last season.