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Neil Walker’s extension talks with Pirates have “cooled”

Nov 15, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

Neil Walker, Jose Tabata

Back when the Pirates signed Jose Tabata to a long-term contract extension in August there was talk of them doing the same with Neil Walker, but Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that those negotiations never went anywhere.

According to Biertempfel the two sides were “deep in talks” as of late August, but “appear to have cooled.”

Walker isn’t even eligible for arbitration yet and the Pirates have him under team control through 2016 as is, so there’s really no need to commit guaranteed money to a 25-year-old who hit .273 with 12 homers and a .742 OPS in 159 games and is nowhere near free agency.

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