The signing of Walker eliminated Espinosa’s chances of making the major league club with Tyler Wade and Ronald Torreyes ahead of him on the depth chart, as well as top prospect Gleyber Torres on the cusp of making the Bigs. Espinosa struggled in the field and at the plate in 12 appearances this spring. The veteran second basemen only managed to hit .160 with one home run and four RBIs to go along with nine strikeouts in 29 plate appearances. Espinosa, known for a steady glove, also had his fair share of missteps in the field during his time in camp.
The club also announced Walker will wear number 14 this season, the last Yankee to sport that number? Starlin Castro.