Neil Walker grew to become the newest free agent to take a giant pay reduce as opening day approaches, becoming a member of the New York Yankees on Monday with a one-year deal for $four million.
The veteran infielder made $17.2 million final season whereas enjoying for the New York Mets and Milwaukee. He could make $1 million in efficiency bonuses this yr.
The 32-year-old Walker hit .265 with 14 house runs and 49 RBIs final season, then grew to become a free agent. He will probably begin at second base, giving prospects Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar extra time to mature within the minor leagues.
”It’s actually a loopy offseason, however greater than something my hope was that I’d land someplace that’s going to be aggressive and have an opportunity to win,” Walker mentioned. ”I’m completely happy to be right here, completely happy to be on a contending staff.”
Pitcher Lance Lynn bought proper to work with Minnesota after finalizing his $12 million, one-year deal. He turned down a $17.four million provide to stick with St. Louis, and seemed for a richer contract in free company.
Starter Alex Cobb and reliever Greg Holland are among the many free brokers nonetheless out there. All 30 groups open on March 29.
Sandy Leon hit two house runs for Boston. Blake Swihart additionally related and is batting .371 this yr. Toronto starter J.A. Happ labored into the fifth inning. Blue Jays reliever Tyler Clippard had a strong inning, placing out two of the three batters he confronted. Kevin Pillar bought three hits and is batting .520.
Clayton Kershaw struck out seven over three 2/three innings, and Justin Turner and Chase Utley every had two hits for Los Angeles. Ji-Man Choi hit a grand slam for Milwaukee and Christian Bethancourt homered within the ninth.
Colorado used simply two pitchers to get by means of 9 innings. Chad Bettis labored the primary 5, permitting two runs and placing out 4. Antonio Senzatela completed with one-hit reduction. Kris Medlen gave up a success over two innings within the begin for Arizona.
Los Angeles starter Garrett Richards struggled with management over three 2/three innings, strolling 5 and throwing a pair of untamed pitches. Albert Pujols doubled twice and Ian Kinsler homered off Cincinnati starter Homer Bailey. Angels DH Shohei Ohtani went zero for four and is batting .111.
Salvador Perez homered off San Diego starter Bryan Mitchell and newcomer Michael Saunders doubled and drove in three runs. Kansas City starter Jakob Junis threw 4 hitless innings and struck out seven.
San Francisco catcher Nick Hundley doubled and drove in three runs. Steven Duggar, a sixth-round draft decide in 2015 from Clemson, homered for the fourth time this spring and raised his batting common to .300. A’s starter Jharel Cotton didn’t surrender a success over 4 innings, strolling three and placing out 5. Stephen Piscotty hit his second homer for Oakland.