Pirates Agree to Terms With Walker and McDonald

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with Neil Walker and James McDonald, per a team announcement. Walker and McDonald were the final two players eligible for arbitration, and by agreeing to deals they avoid an arbitration hearing.

No word yet on the terms of the deals. I’ll update this post when that is announced.

UPDATE 9:40 PM: Rob Biertempfel has the numbers.

Both of those numbers are exactly at the mid-point of the figures that were exchanged between the club and the players. The 2013 40-man payroll is updated with the new figures.

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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  • risefromtheashes89

    Can’t wait till this season starts. Rotation will be better at the start of the year than last year. Walker healthy. Cole on the verge. Marte to start the season here instead of AAA. Much deeper in the outfield and 1st base than in years. Alvarez going to bust out big this year. Suddenly if they need room on the 40 man to sign someone not an easy guess as to who they will designate now. Gonna be fun this year

  • emjayinTN

    Tim: Has anything further been learned regarding the discussions with Walker – did they talk a long term? Did the Pirates submit a long-term offer? Any info available? Is the $3.3 mil just a start to a long term deal?