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Pirates Open to Discussing an Extension With Neil Walker

Pirates Open to Discussing an Extension With Neil Walker

Jon Morosi reports that Neal Huntington says the Pittsburgh Pirates are open to discussing an extension with second baseman Neil Walker.

https://twitter.com/jonmorosi/status/399975154627133440

I wrote last month that there is no need to extend Walker. The Pirates have him under team control for the next three seasons, and through his age 31 season. An extension signs him for ages 32 and beyond. He's good offensively for a second baseman, ranking eighth of 26 second baseman with a .757 OPS, ninth with a 114 wRC+, and tenth with a .333 wOBA. However, his defense is below average, which makes him an average to above-average player at best at second.  That was all at the age of 27, which should be a prime year for Walker. There's a good chance he could decline at age 32-33, especially when you consider his injury history that has already appeared at a younger age.

The only way a Walker extension would make sense is if it was a team-friendly extension made for cost certainty over t...

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