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Episode 31: Walker, Not Texas Ranger

Jesse Spector

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Neil Walker will be a dangerous bat at the bottom of the Yankees' order. (Photo by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

Once again, there is no greater fool’s errand in baseball than trying to figure out what Brian Cashman will do before he does it. The Yankees were in on Neil Walker, but then they got Brandon Drury, so that was that.

Except it wasn’t. Walker is a Yankee now, and figures to be the starting second baseman, with the ability to play other positions as well.

Gleyber Torres, with only 55 games of career experience above A-ball and coming off of Tommy John surgery, pretty much figured all along to start the season in the minors both to shake off rust and to manipulate his service time, but now that has to be seen as a lock.

That is a good thing, because Torres should be asked to contribute when he is truly ready, not before.

Also, this Yankees lineup is bonkers: Gardner, Stanton, Judge, Sanchez, Bird, Gregorius, Hicks, Walker, Drury. Are you kidding?

And that’s with actual depth!

Look out, rest of the American League, and thanks to Walker being on such a slim contract, the Yankees still have room to add pitching and stay under the luxury tax.

Meanwhile, Locked On Yankees is adding to the roster, and this episode marks the debut of Omari Brown, who you may know from his own podcast, “The Empire Claps Back.”

It’s a pleasure to welcome Omari to the team here, as he will be hosting his own episodes, appearing on others, and serving as eyes to connect us all to minor league happenings in Tampa, since he’ll be covering the Tarpons (formerly the Tampa Yankees) this season for Pinstriped Prospects.

There are more additions to the Locked On Yankees team coming, so stay tuned for that, and come back for the next episode, which will be the first edition of Locked On Yankees hosted by Larry Fleisher!

Jesse Spector is a national columnist for FanRag Sports, based in New York. The host of "Jesse Spector Is..." on Tampa Bay Lightning Power Play Radio, Jesse is the former national baseball writer and national hockey writer for Sporting News. Before that, he was the Rangers beat writer for the New York Daily News, and the writer of the Touching Base baseball blog. Jesse also has written for Newsday, Baseball America, ESPN SportsTicker, and The Associated Press.

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