NEW YORK (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations says free-agent infielder Neil Walker and the New York Yankees are close to a one-year contract worth about $5 million.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because an agreement would be subject to a successful physical.
Walker likely would start at second base and Brandon Drury, acquired from Arizona last month, would play third. That would mean touted prospects Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar probably would start the season in the minor leagues.
Walker is among the victims of a historically slow free agent market and will take a huge cut from the $17.2 million he earned last season, when he accepted a qualifying offer from the New York Mets. He hit .265 with 14 homers and 49 RBIs for the Mets and Milwaukee, who acquired him Aug. 12.
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