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Welcome (back)to New York, Neil.
Neil Walker has signed a 1 year, $5 million-dollar contract with the Yankees this morning. In an off-season where plenty of players have signed for much less than they were expected to, this contract is no different. I think we have to give credit to Brian Cashman for another shrewd move.
Last year, Walker put up an fWAR of 2.7 in only 111 games for the Mets and Brewers in 2017.
Over the past 2 seasons, Walker has missed a decent amount of time from back and hamstring issues. In 2015 he missed 49 games and 51 games in 2016.
When healthy, Walker is a solid power-hitting 2nd baseman. His 23hr in 2016 was good for third among NL 2nd basemen. Walker also gets on base consistently, ranking 5th in OBP of 2nd basemen with more than 300 plate appearances last year.
Walker is no slouch defensively, either. For those of you who like advanced statistics, Walker finished 3rd among 2nd basemen in 2016 in UZR (Ultimate Zone Rating). That number did regress in 2017, but if healthy, there’s no reason to assume he can’t be a solid player for the Yankees in 2018.