Monday, February 25, 2013
Long-term deal for Walker?
By Doug Mittler
After signing Andrew McCutchen to a six-year contract last spring, the Pirates may look to lock up another core player -- second baseman Neil Walker.
Talks on a long-term deal with Walker stalled in 2011, but the 27-year-old and the club remain open to the idea. Walker is signed for this season at $3.3 million and any deal would likely be for at least his three remaining years of arbitration and one year of free agency.
Rob Biertempfel discussed the pros and cons of such a deal in Sunday’s Tribune Review. The 27-year-old has put up consistent slash lines over his first three seasons, averaging .280/.339/.424, and providing stability to a franchise that has used 11 different Opening Day second basemen over the past 17 seasons.