7:12 pm: Walker receives a $ 2MM salary on the contract, tweets Ken Rosenthal from The Athletic. Walker's primary role will suddenly be with Peter O & # 39; Brien at First Base, President of Baseball ops Mike Hill told reporters ( Twitter link via Wells Dusenbery of the South Florida Sun Sentinel, but he will also see action on the second base and third base from time to time.
17:02: Marlins announced Tuesday that they have signed free agent infiller Neil Walker for a one-year contract Miami has reportedly sought a left-handed bat and the switch Walker can offer extra flexibility both on the plate and in the field, which is why Walker, 33, could be beaten into multiple infield positions or even in the corner udfield after watching the time over the diamond in a useful role with the Yankees in 201
146804 "src =" https: //cdn.mlbtraderum ors.com/files/2019/01/neil-walker-219×300.jpg "alt =" Neil Walker | Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports  Walker's total .219 / .309 / .354 slash from last season does not appear to be appealing, although the veteran has written a more blessed .235 / .335 /. 403 slash from May 1st to season and had a generally solid second half (.247 / .346 / .442). Much of its 2018 matches were limited to a disastrous view at the end of April (.402 OPS), and although there is no direct evidence of causality, it is worth noting that Walker did not sign with the Yanks until March 12 last year. 19659005] Walker was one of many free agents to sign after Spring Training was well underway and it may be that a number of these players were struggling through terrible starts in the 2018 season. Lance Lynn Logan Morrison Alex Cobb Greg Holland and Jonathan Lucroy was among the march sign had the inferior 2018 seasons – especially early in the year.
This time, Walker will look back to have the full spring crowd fight for what will be his 11th Major League season. Last year's games aside, Walker was one of the game's more consistent hitters from 2010-17, which I outlined in depth at that time. If he is able to get back to the previous levels, Marlins will make a bargain on their hands and probably a summer deal.
While adding Walker, he gives great meaning to Miami, but it is nevertheless concerned that organization chosen to move on from Derek Dietrich to sign only a 33-year-old player a similar set of skills. Granted, Walker is a switch hitter, but he's not a massive defensive upgrade over Dietrich, and for all his past success, he's still four years old. The financial savings figure is also minimal, as Dietrich had been expected to earn a rather modest $ 4.8 million. Pay. It's likely that Walker's salary will check in lower than that of course, but going from Dietrich to Walker still seems like some of a lateral move.