Walker agrees to $4 mil­lion, 1-year con­tract

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - SPORTS -

TAMPA, FLA. >> Join­ing the New York Yan­kees caused Neil Walker to smile, de­spite a hefty drop in salary.

The free-agent in­fielder agreed Mon­day to a $4 mil­lion, one-year con­tract, a 77 per­cent pay cut in a deal that al­lows New York prospects Gley­ber Tor­res and Miguel An­du­jar more time to ma­ture in the mi­nor leagues.

Walker earned $17.2 mil­lion last sea­son, when he ac­cepted a qual­i­fy­ing of­fer from the New York Mets.

Walker likely will start at se­cond base and Bran­don Drury, ac­quired from Ari­zona last month, will play third.

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