. This offseason has been very difficult for some players, including some All-Star caliber ones and others that are solid assets for any team. Players including Jake Arrieta, Mike Moustakas, Lance Lynn and Carlos Gonzalez had a pretty tough time, but finally they pretty decent deals. Neil Walker, who was amongst these players says that his history was not different.
Neil Walker, assuming he gets a full season, is going to hit 25 home runs for the Yankees and still finish like eighth on that team in homers.— Jon Tayler, Smiling Politely (@JATayler) 12 de marzo de 2018
Just yesterday, the second baseman signed with the New York Yankees. He was expected to get a multi-annual and pretty lucrative deal, but a the end of the day, he ended up singing a one-year-long deal and $4 million. Walker explains to Bryan Hoch from MLB.com that he didn't even got an offer until a few days ago:
"When it comes down to it, I didn't have an offer from anybody until three days ago. That was certainly frustrating. It came together fairly quickly starting the middle of last week. I'm happy to have a few weeks to get ready for the season
Tyler Wade on the Neil Walker signing:— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) 12 de marzo de 2018
"I'm glad we got him. It's a big bat, big power. Switch-hitter too, so he adds versatility and he plays all over. I'm excited we got him. ... I'm not worried about it. If I continue to play my game, I'll be all right."
Having hit .265 with 14 homers and 49 RBIs over 111 games for the Mets and Brewers last season, Walker missed time in the past two campaigns with health issues in his back and hamstring. Walker has recorded a league-adjusted OPS that ranked above average in each of his eight full Major League seasons, and he brings a competent glove as well.
Neil Walker to the Yankees was a good fit months ago. He's a good player. This team is going to be a monster.— Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) 12 de marzo de 2018