The Yankees have signed second basemen Neil Walker to a one year deal. Walker has had a stint in New York before, just with the team across town. With the Mets, Walker was a solid second basemen when healthy, he hit for power, and he's a .270 hitter with a solid glove. The Yankees had the likes of Gleyber Torres, Tyler Wade, and Ronald Torreyes competing for the second base job in spring training, which ultimately will be handed over to Neil Walker now. That means the second base and third base position have now been filled and the Yankees won't be using their young prospects. That's why I hate this deal.
I know the Yankees are putting together the best team possible to win as many games possible, I totally commend them for that. As a fan I want to see some of our young guys flourish in a lineup that has some of the best hitters in the game. Miguel Andujar was crushing it in spring training proving to the world that he's a big league hitter. Gleyber Torres is one of the best prospects in baseball and has the potential to be one of the best players on the Yankees one day. Not getting to see those guys play this year is going to really blow. I'm sure Walker will get injured like he does every year and then Torres will see some playing time, but it's not the same. I know the Yankees are doing this for business reasons, by not playing Torres or Andujar at the start of the season they get to keep them on their dirt cheap deals longer. It's a business, Cashman knows the business very well, and that's why he's making these moves. I'd be an idiot to not trust Cashman and what he's doing so I'm just going to shut up and enjoy the 110 win team he has put together for us while keeping a stacked farm system. Thank the good lord for making me a Yankees fan where I get to complain about signing a former silver slugger.