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Neil Walker | First Baseman | #14

Team: New York Yankees
Age / DOB:  (32) / 9/10/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 210
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 1 (11) / PIT
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Neil Walker played the role of hero on Saturday with a walk-off RBI single in the 11th inning to lead the Yankees to a come-from-behind 7-6 victory over the Athletics.
Walker stepped to the dish against Chris Hatcher with two on and two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning and lined the first pitch that he saw into center field for the game-winner. He finished the afternoon 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI and is now hitting .210/.300/.257 with 10 RBI on the year. May 12 - 5:46 PM

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Neil Walker took grounders at third base prior to Thursday's game.

With Greg Bird (ankle) beginning a rehab assignment, Walker is getting a refresher course at third base, a position he's played sparingly in the majors. With Walker heating up with the bat lately (.375/.583/.563 over his last seven games) and Miguel Andujar cooling off (.195/.214/.195 over his last 11 games), the hot corner could be Walker's best route to playing time moving forward.
May 11 - 1:31 PM

Neil Walker is not in Monday's lineup against the Marlins.

He'll take a seat against lefty Caleb Smith. Tyler Austin will start at first base while Ronald Torreyes will play second base.
Apr 16 - 2:44 PM

Neil Walker is not in the Yankees' lineup on Wednesday afternoon against the Rays.

Ronald Torreyes will get the start at second base and bat ninth versus Rays left-hander Blake Snell, with Tyler Austin at first base and hitting seventh. Walker is 4-for-17 (.235) so far with the Yanks.
Apr 4 - 10:07 AM

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman on Monday indicated that Neil Walker wouldn't be handed the starting second baseman job right away.

It's only because Walker is getting a late start to spring training. "If he takes something from somebody over time, so be it, but he's getting a late start given the fact that we're probably about two weeks away from leaving Florida," Cashman said. While it's possible Walker will be eased into things a bit in the early going, there's no doubting he was signed to start at second base.
Mar 12 - 5:57 PM

Yankees signed 2B Neil Walker to a one-year, $4 million contract.

The deal was first reported earlier Monday and is now official. He can make more in incentives, per MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. Walker has had a little trouble staying healthy the last two seasons but has still managed to sport a healthy .274/.355/.458 batting line over that span. The 32-year-old will take over as the Yankees' starter at second base eventually, although he could be eased into things since he's getting a late start to spring training. It will push Ronald Torreyes and Tyler Wade to utility roles and possibly delay Gleyber Torres' arrival a bit.
Mar 12 - 5:25 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Yankees have signed infielder Neil Walker, pending a physical.

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, it's a one-year deal believed to be worth around $5 million. What a bargain. It was thought that Walker would have to find a deal elsewhere after the Yankees acquired Brandon Drury from the Diamondbacks, but apparently the two sides found common ground. It will be interesting to see how the playing time shakes out, especially with top prospect Gleyber Torres not far off from the majors. However, Walker should be a useful fantasy option as long as the at-bats are there. He also offers insurance for first base and third base. Walker batted .265/.362/.439 with 14 home runs and 49 RBI in 111 games last season between the Mets and Brewers.
Mar 12 - 11:27 AM

Rich Kubatko of MASN Sports reports that the Orioles have some level of interest in Neil Walker.

Kubatko notes that the veteran infielder's name has come up several times in the front office when discussing potential bargains remaining on the free agent market. His versatility could help if Chris Davis (forearm) winds up missing significant time.
Source: MASN Sports
Mar 4 - 4:44 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that Neil Walker turned down a minor league contract from the Royals.

It's yet another example of how weird the market has been this offseason that Walker would even have to entertain accepting a minor league deal. Injuries have limited the veteran second baseman to fewer than 120 games each of the last two seasons, but he's sported a healthy .274/.355/.458 batting line during that span. The 32-year-old should be able to land a major league contract from someone, but he's running out of time.
Source: Boston Globe
Mar 4 - 10:46 AM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Mets are reluctant to bring back Neil Walker for 2018.

The 32-year-old has had recurring back issues and is reportedly seeking a four-year deal, so the reluctance is certainly understandable. Rosenthal notes that the club has expressed interest in both Eduardo Nunez and Todd Frazier as they look to bolster their infield through free agency.
Feb 3 - 10:19 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, free agent second baseman Neil Walker is seeking a four-year deal.

Walker is 32 years old and had back surgery last year, so it's probably unrealistic. Teams also have multiple alternatives available on the trade front. Walker batted .265/.362/.439 with 14 home runs and 49 RBI in 111 games this past season between the Mets and Brewers.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 11:02:00 AM

Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets have interest in a reunion with second baseman Neil Walker.

The Mets are exploring all possible options via trade and free agency to fill their hole at second base, and bringing back the veteran infielder could make sense. Walker accepted the Mets' $17.2 million qualifying offer last season and was dealt to the Brewers midseason after the two sides couldn't come to an agreement on a multi-year extension. It remains to be seen if the interest is mutual on Walker's end. Puma notes that there could be some "bruised feelings" toward the Mets.
Sat, Nov 25, 2017 01:09:00 PM

According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Pirates have interest in a reunion with free agent second baseman Neil Walker.

Morosi says the ongoing difficulty with getting Jung Ho Kang back into the country has forced the Pirates to consider a variety of infield options. Walker, 32, batted .265/.362/.439 with 14 home runs and 49 RBI in 111 games this past season between the Mets and Brewers.
Wed, Nov 15, 2017 02:38:00 PM

Neil Walker went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored as the Brewers defeated the Reds 4-3 on Thursday afternoon.

Walker also drew a walk in the contest, reaching base safely in three of his four trips to the plate. The veteran infielder is hitting .267/.362/.444 with 14 homers and 49 RBI in 109 games between the Mets and Brewers this year.
Thu, Sep 28, 2017 07:37:00 PM

Neil Walker went 2-for-4 and slugged a grand slam in a 10-2 win over the Marlins on Friday.

His big fly was the key blow as the Brewers scored eight times in the eighth inning and turned a close game into a laugher. It was his fourth homer since being acquired from the Mets in mid-August. The 32-year-old Walker is still one of the better-hitting second basemen in the league, although he missed a big chunk of the season on the disabled list with a torn hamstring. He has a .266 batting average with 14 home runs and 48 RBI in 99 games.
Sat, Sep 16, 2017 01:18:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Gary Sanchez
2Austin Romine
1B1Greg Bird
2Neil Walker
3Tyler Austin
2B1Gleyber Torres
2Ronald Torreyes
SS1Didi Gregorius
3B1Miguel Andujar
LF1Brett Gardner
CF1Aaron Hicks
2Jacoby Ellsbury
RF1Aaron Judge
2Billy McKinney
DH1Giancarlo Stanton
2Clint Frazier
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Masahiro Tanaka
2Luis Severino
3CC Sabathia
4Sonny Gray
5Jordan Montgomery
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Aroldis Chapman
2David Robertson
3Dellin Betances
4Tommy Kahnle
5Chad Green
6Adam Warren
7Chasen Shreve
8Domingo German
9Ben Heller
10Luis Cessa
11Jonathan Holder
12A.J. Cole