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Pirates could explore long-term deal for Neil Walker

Dec 1, 2012, 2:45 PM EST

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The Pirates’ efforts to sign Neil Walker to a long-term contract last summer went nowhere, but Tom Singer of MLB.com reports that they could give it another shot this offseason.

The timing is right for negotiations, as Walker is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter as a Super Two player. The 27-year-old batted .280/.342/.426 with 14 home runs, 69 RBI and a .768 OPS in 129 games this past season. Walker’s .770 OPS is eighth-highest among second baseman since 2010 (min. 1,500 plate appearances), so while he’s not a star, he’s been plenty productive for Pittsburgh.

Walker missed some time with a back injury down the stretch and was diagnosed with a herniated disk in September, so the Pirates will surely want to get a read on his progress before they commit long-term.

  1. paperlions - Dec 1, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Over the last 3 years, Walker has been a slightly better offensive player than Kinsler or Phillips….no he isn’t a star, but it isn’t because of his offensive production from 2B…it is because he’s a poor defender at the position.

    • redguy12588 - Dec 1, 2012 at 3:36 PM

      Looking at his stats, he’s improved every year, he’s about middle of the pack, he’s pretty good

  2. prosourcetalk - Dec 1, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    Get it done Pirates

  3. mj1818 - Dec 2, 2012 at 8:02 AM

    Paperlions I wouldn’t say he is poor.. More so middle of the pack average but if he hits .280 every year that’s ok and acceptable at the major league level.

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