Originally written October 06, 2012 on Pirates Prospects:
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Last year the Pittsburgh Pirates signed Andrew McCutchen and Jose Tabata to extensions. At the time there was talk that Neil Walker could also be a candidate to be extended, as the club was talking with him about the possibility. The two sides are still talking, and will enter this off-season with Walker qualifying for arbitration as a Super Two player. Most players who sign extensions don’t sign the deal until they become arbitration eligible. So for Walker, that time would be now. He’s coming off a decent season where he hit for a .280 average, a .768 OPS, and posted a 3.3 WAR, while improving his defense at second base for the second year in a row. Despite Walker being one of the better hitters on the team, I don’t think I would extend him if I’m the Pirates. First, while Walker is one of the better hitters on the team, that’s not saying much. He is a good player, but he gets elevated because of the talent level that has surrounded him the last few years. Walker came up with Pedr...
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