Right after the Andrew McCutchen extension in the spring, I posited that Neil Walker may be the next Pirate signed to a long-term extension. There were some discussions between the two sides, but it has been suspected that the Pirates were leaning more towards a Jose Tabata-style of deal and Walker wanted to be paid on a more moderate scale.
That post was prior to the start of the 2012 season, so the only data points (excluding the cup of coffee in September 2009) were Walker's 2010 (811 OPS, .351 wOBA, 118 wRC+, 2.0 WAR) and Walker's 2011 (742 OPS, .322 wOBA, 103 wRC+, 3.0 WAR). At this point in 2012, Walker is continuing to be an ascending asset for the Pirates with a 799 OPS, .369 wOBA, 120 wRC+, 3.0 WAR). Among NL second basemen, Walker is ranked 2nd in wOBA, wRC+, and WAR behind o...
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