MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — The new-look (literally) Miami Marlins made what could end up being a key addition to their infield.READ MORE: NBA fines Miami Heat $25,000 for violating 'bench decorum'
Switch-hitting infielder Neil Walker has agreed to a one-year contract with the Marlins and is expected to compete for a starting job.
Walker was among the unsigned free agents last winter who attend a free-agent training camp in Bradenton, Florida, and he agreed in mid-March to a $4 million, one-year contract with the New York Yankees.READ MORE: Man faces several charges including pointing laser at BSO aviation unit
He slumped badly, hitting .197 with 19 RBIs in the first half, then improved to .247 with 27 RBIs in the second half to finish at .219 with 11 homers and 46 RBIs in 113 games.
Walker has a .268 career average and has reached double figures in homers every year since 2010.
He has also been with the Pirates, Mets and Brewers. Walker has played mostly at second base, but also has played at first and third and in the outfield, where he could see playing time with the Marlins.MORE NEWS: Miami ex-Proud Boys leader Henry 'Enrique' Tarrio to stay jailed until Capitol riot trial
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