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With His Improved Offense, Is Neil Walker Due For an Extension?

With His Improved Offense, Is Neil Walker Due For an Extension?

Over the last few years, we've heard reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates were open to discussing an extension with second baseman Neil Walker. The most recent instance came back in November, when Pirates' General Manager Neal Huntington said that the team was open to discussing an extension with Walker. Apparently, no actual conversations have taken place since 2010, according to Ron Cook, who got this information directly from Walker. (h/t Charlie from Bucs Dugout)

Walker still has two more years of arbitration remaining, before he's eligible for free agency. I've written many times that there is no need to extend him, unlike younger guys like Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco. Here was the most recent argument against an extension, although if you want the shortened version:

**Walker is already under control until the age of 31. An extension buys out his age 31 and 32 seasons, which is usually when a player starts to decline.

**An example of a sudden decline at that age wou...

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