Pirates Exchange Figures With Neil Walker, James McDonald

The Pittsburgh Pirates exchanged arbitration figures with Neil Walker. Jon Heyman has the details.

Walker was projected for $2.9 M, so his estimate salary will go up regardless of which side wins. The two sides could still meet in the middle. They’re only $600,000 apart, so you’d think a deal wouldn’t be hard to reach. Then again, Garrett Jones went to arbitration last year over a difference of $250,000, so nothing is guaranteed.

We still haven’t heard about James McDonald or Garrett Jones. I’ll update this post when those figures are announced.

UPDATE 5:37 PM: Heyman has the details on James McDonald.

McDonald was projected for $3 M, which is about the mid-point of those two figures.

UPDATE 6:41 PM: Still no word on Garrett Jones. The Pirates were $600 K apart with Walker, and $750 K apart with McDonald. Last year they were $250 K apart from Jones, and eventually won in arbitration. He’s currently projected for a $4.4 M salary.

UPDATE 8:31 PM: The Pirates appear to have agreed to terms with Jones.

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