Infielder Neil Walker, among the victims of a historically slow free agent market, and the New York Yankees agreed to a one-year contract worth about $5 million, giving the ballclub a veteran who figures to allow prospects Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar more time to mature in the minor leagues. Walker, 32, who hit .265 with 14 homers and 49 RBIs last season for the Mets and Milwaukee, which acquired him Aug. 12, likely will start at second base and Brandon Drury, acquired from Arizona last month, will play third. The deal represented a huge paycut from the $17.5 million Walker earned last season. The Yankeees were projected to remain about $15 million below the luxury tax threshold with their $182 million payroll.
A’s, Lucroy finalize $6.5m deal
The Oakland Athletics landed a new starting catcher, finalizing a $6.5 million, one-year contract with free agent Jonathan Lucroy. The 31-year-old batted .265 with six home runs and 40 RBIs in 123 games last season between Texas and Colorado, which traded for him July 30. Bruce Maxwell, the first major leaguer to kneel for the national anthem last year following NFL players’ leads, had been the projected starter before the acquisition of Lucroy . . . The Minnesota Twins finalized a $12 million, one-year contract with righthander Lance Lynn, who is expected to join fellow newcomer Jake Odorizzi in the rotation, likely with Jose Berrios, Ervin Santana and Kyle Gibson. After missing the 2016 season following elbow surgery, Lynn went 11-8 with a 3.43 ERA in 33 starts for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2017 . . . President Trump recognized the Houston Astros on Monday for their first World Series win, an ‘‘incredible victory’’ over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 that Trump said was even more special following the devastation Hurricane Harvey wrought on the Texas city.
Hawks’ Bazemore out for year
Atlanta Hawks guard Kent Bazemore will miss the remainder of the season with a bone bruise in his right knee. Bazemore, tied for second on the team with his average of 12.9 points per game, left Sunday’s loss to the Chicago Bulls with the injury. Guard Dennis Schroder, the team’s top scorer who missed Sunday’s game with a left elbow injury, is listed as probable for Tuesday night’s game against Oklahoma City . . . Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews suffered a broken bone in his lower right leg in the first quarter against Memphis on Sunday and is likely to miss the rest of the season . . . John Wall joined the Washington Wizards starters in a pre-practice workout for 30-35 minutes on Monday, his first time working with teammates since undergoing left knee surgery on Jan. 31 . . . Former NBA star Dennis Rodman was sentenced to three years’ probation after pleading guilty to two misdemeanors stemming from a January DUI arrest in Southern California. The 56-year-old was ordered to complete a nine-month alcohol program and pay $390 in fines.
Revo’s Friedel, Burns to HOF?
In his first year of eligibility since concluding his playing career in 2014 as one of the most acclaimed American goalkeepers, New England Revolution head coach Brad Friedel was named to the ballot for the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2018 while general manager Michael Burns was one of nine former players eligible for election as a veteran candidate. In addition, former Revolution players Taylor Twellman (2002-09) and Steve Ralston (2002-09) remain on the 2018 Player ballot . . . Minnesota United midfielder Kevin Molino was expected to miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL in his left knee.
Woods lifts PGA’s TV ratings
Tiger Woods was one shot away from a chance to win, and the PGA Tour had its largest television audience in five years. NBC Sports Group says the final round of the Valspar Championship earned a 5.11 overnight rating, up 190 percent over the previous year and the highest-rated PGA Tour broadcast since Woods won The Players Championship in 2013. Woods, returning from a fourth back surgery, was one shot out of the lead going into the final round. He had a 40-foot birdie attempt on the 18th hole to force a playoff with eventual winner Paul Casey and came up short . . . The Arizona Coyotes granted head coach Rick Tocchet a leave of absence while he deals with a family illness, according to Coyotes GM John Chayka, who said assistant coach John MacLean will take over head coaching responsibilities until Tocchet’s return . . . Roger Federer rolled past No. 25 seed Filip Krajinovic 6-2, 6-1 in pursuit of a record sixth BNP Paribas Open title in Indian Wells, Calif., while Sloane Stephens remained mired in her post-US Open slump with a 6-4, 6-3 loss to Russia’s Daria Kasatkina . . . Georgia interviewed former Ohio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta two days after the school fired Mark Fox . . . The Florida men’s basketball team was stuck in a Missouri hotel for two days following the Gators’ setback against Arkansas in the Southeastern Conference quarterfinals when the team’s charter flight was summoned to the Middle East to assist military troops.