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First Pitch: There is No Need to Extend Neil Walker

First Pitch: There is No Need to Extend Neil Walker

There is no need to extend Neil Walker. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

One thing I've never understood is the desire to see extensions and free agent years bought out for every single player. I understand it when it comes to guys like Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte, or Gerrit Cole, as those could be impact talents. I don't understand the thinking for guys who just profile to be role players on the roster.

Each off-season the extension wish lists begin. Whether it's in the comments here, on Twitter or Facebook, or in other articles or sites, I've already seen a few players mentioned this year on fan wish lists. Francisco Liriano. Pedro Alvarez. Charlie Morton. And then there's the annual "extend Neil Walker" campaign.

I think Walker is a good player. As I mentioned earlier today in ...

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