Report: Yankees agree to terms with 2B Neil Walker

The New York Yankees are adding a flexible, veteran presence to the lineup, agreeing to terms with free-agent second baseman Neil Walker on Monday, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

The deal, which the Associated Press reports is for one year at $5 million, is pending a physical for the 32-year-old Walker.

Walker, the 11th overall pick in the 2004 MLB Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates, split time last year between the New York Mets and Milwaukee Brewers, batting .265 and hitting 14 home runs.

He slots in naturally at second base for the Yankees, but showed a willingness to play first and third base during his stint with the Brewers.

The move likely means top prospect Gleyber Torres, 21, will start the season in Triple-A. He's gone just 3-for-23 at the plate in spring training.

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35. Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon

2018 Salary: $20 million

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35. Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin

2018 Salary: $20 million

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35. Texas Rangers right fielder Shin-Soo Choo

2018 Salary: $20 million

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35. Toronto Blue Jays Shortstop Troy Tulowitski

2018 Salary: $20 million

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31. Chicago White Sox starting pitcher James Shields

2018 Salary: $21 million

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31. Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey

2018 Salary: $21 million

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31. San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Johnny Cueto

2018 Salary: $21 million

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31. Kansas City Royals first basemen Eric Hosmer

2018 Salary: $21 million

(Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports)

30. Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello

2018 Salary: $21,125,000

(Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports)

29. New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury

2018 Salary: $21,142,857

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28. Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis

2018 Salary: $21,169,326

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27. Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman

2018 Salary: $21,359,375

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26. Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Matt Kemp

2018 Salary: $21.5 million

(Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)

24. Colorado Rockies first baseman Ian Desmond

2018 Salary: $22 million

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24. New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka

2018 Salary: $22 million

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23. Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer

2018 Salary: $22,142,857

(Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)

22. San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey

2018 Salary: $22,177,778

(Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

21. New York Mets first baseman Adrian Gonzalez

2018 Salary: $22,357,142

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20. Texas Rangers starting pitcher Cole Hamels

2018 Salary: $22.5 million

(Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

19. Boston Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez

2018 Salary: $22,750,000

(Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)

17. Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson

2018 Salary: $23 million

(Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports)

17. Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer

2018 Salary: $23 million

(Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)

15. Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Jordan Zimmerman

2018 Salary: $24 million

(Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)

15. Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano

2018 Salary: $24 million

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12. Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Yu Darvish

2018 Salary: $25 million

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12. Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto

2018 Salary: $25 million

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12. New York Yankees right fielder Giancarlo Stanton

2018 Salary: $25 million

(Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

11. Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez

2018 Salary: $25,875,143

(Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports)

10. Chicago Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward

2018 Salary: $26,055,288

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9. Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols

2018 Salary: $27 million

(Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)

8. Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester

2018 Salary: $27.5 million

(Jim Young-USA TODAY Sports)

7. Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander

2018 Salary: $28 million

(Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)

6. New York Mets center fielder Yoenis Cespedes

2018 Salary: $29 million

(Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports / Reuters)

4. Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price 

2018 Salary: $30 million

(Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)

4. Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera

2018 Salary: $30 million

(Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports)

3. Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Greinke

2018 Salary: $31,954,483

(Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports)

2. Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw

2018 Salary: $33,228,939

(Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)

1. Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout

2018 Salary: $34,083,333

(Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)

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