The New York Yankees should not bring back Neil Walker even with the uncertainty regarding Didi Gregorius’ injury.
Neil Walker is an interesting player. The natural second baseman can play multiple positions and is an intriguing bat because of his switch-hitting. This is exactly why the New York Yankees signed him to a one-year, $4 million contract early in Spring Training 2018.
Walker provided mixed results, to say the least. He was hot when hot and not when not. His versatility in the infield proved to be a boon at times. More often than not, fans went from cursing his name to singing his praises in the blink of an eye.
Now, the Yankees have a hard decision to make.
Star shortstop Didi Gregorius just had Tommy John surgery and will probably be out until the All-Star Break. This leaves the Yankees with a big hole in the infield. Walker could fill that void with both his versatility and veteran experience.
Tempting as it may be to bring Walker back on a similar contract, that is not the right move. There is no room for him on the roster in 2019, and here’s why …