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Yankees Agree To A One-Year Deal With Second Baseman Neil Walker

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The New York Yankees have signed switch-hitting second baseman Neil Walker to a one-year contract.

The deal became official on Monday. According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Walker will receive a base salary of $4 million. With incentives, his salary will be close to $5 million.

Walker, 32, is expected to compete for the Yankees starting second base job. He can also play first base, which means that he will likely be the backup to Greg Bird. In 111 games combined with the New York Mets and Milwaukee Brewers last season, Walker hit .265 with 14 home runs and 49 RBIs.

Before the signing of Walker, the Yankees starting second base job was thought to be a competition between highly anticipated top prospect Gleyber Torres and Tyler Wade. However, the team decided to option Torres to Triple-A on Tuesday, which means that he is no longer being considered to be the Opening Day second baseman.

With Torres now out of the picture, there is a good chance that Walker will be the Yankees starting second baseman when the regular season begins in a couple of weeks. Although Wade would also be a decent option, he lacks experience. He was called up by the Yankees in June of last season and batted .155 in 58 at-bats.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has made a lot of smart moves this offseason. In the past few weeks alone, he has improved the team’s infield depth by signing Walker and acquiring third baseman/second baseman Brandon Drury from Arizona Diamondbacks. Walker and Drury can both play multiple positions.

Walker is expected to make his debut with the Yankees on Friday when they play the Houston Astros. He should get plenty of at-bats over the next few weeks as the Yankees try and evaluate what they have at second base. Considering who he is competing against, it will be very surprising if Walker does not end up winning the Yankees Opening Day second base job.

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Red Sox Designate Eduardo Nunez For Assignment

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The Boston Red Sox have designated infielder Eduardo Nunez for assignment, according to a team announcement on Monday.

Boston also optioned right hander Hector Velazquez to Triple A Pawtucket.

In corresponding moves, the Red Sox have called up right hander Ryan Weber and first basemen/outfielder Sam Travis from Triple A.

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Royals Considered Likely to be Moving Billy Hamilton, Terrance Gore

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Billy Hamilton

As the trade deadline approaches, the Kansas City Royals may be ready to enter sale mode.

According to MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan, the Royals may be moving both Billy Hamilton and Terrance Gore, who has already been designated for assignment.

Hamilton has been dropped to a backup role following the Royals call up of top prospect Bubba Starling, and hasn’t started a game since July 3rd.

Hamilton has posted a .217/.284/.271 slash line this season.

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Orioles’ Mychal Givens Drawing Trade Interest

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Mychal Givens

The Baltimore Orioles are again going to be sellers at the trade deadline and it appears that closer Mychal Givens is available, and drawing interest, according to MASNSports’ Rock Kubatko.

Per the report, the Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies have expressed interest in the pitcher.

Givens has posted a 4.50 ERA this season for Baltimore.

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