Connect with us

American League

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

Published

on

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.

American League

White Sox Acquire Ivan Nova

Published

on

The Chicago White Sox have acquired right handed starter Ivan Nova from the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray.

According to Fancred’s Jon Heyman, the Pirates will receive a “young pitcher” and an unstated amount of international bonus pool availability in return for Nova.

Nova posted a 9-9 record with a 4.19 ERA last season for the Pirates.

Continue Reading

American League

Yankees “Open To Moving” Miguel Andujar

Published

on

The New York Yankees have a future superstar in Miguel Andujar, a fan favorite, yet they have been constantly linked to rumors of being open to dealing him, despite his huge rookie season.

This one, just doesn’t make much sense if the plan is to move Andujar to make room for the likes of Manny Machado.

According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray, the Yankees are “open to moving” Andjuar via trade, but there is no clear trade path to reference at this time.

This development clearly shows the Yankees desire to sign Machado to a free agent deal.

The Yankees and Mets have also been linked in a potential deal that could see Noah Syndergaard end up in New York, with Andujar on his way out.

Continue Reading

American League

Rangers Sign Rafael Montero

Published

on

The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with right handed pitcher Rafael Montero, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.

Montero is still working back from Tommy John surgery, and was once a top prospect in the New York Mets organization , but struggled transitioning to the major league level, putting together a woeful 5.38 ERA over 192 1/3 innings pitched.

 

Continue Reading

Trending