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Is Cost Certainty Better Than Roster Flexibility?

Is Cost Certainty Better Than Roster Flexibility?

The weeks leading up to the start of arbitration hearings (February 4-20) are typically the time when multi-year extensions are worked out with arbitration-eligible players.  For some other players, a one year deal is signed and then negotiations continue up until Spring Training to work out a long-term deal.

The Pirates have two players scheduled to go to arbitration in the form of Neil Walker and James McDonald.  Three other players -- Garrett Jones, Charlie Morton and Gaby Sanchez -- signed 1-year deals earlier this month.  Of these five players, Walker is the most likely candidate to sign a long-term extension.  Tim and I have differing opinions on the subject.  I'm for it, while Tim is against it.

The point of this article isn't to rehash the Walker long-term deal debate.  Rathe...

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