Pirates Have Had Discussions on an Extension For Neil Walker
Dec10

Pirates Have Had Discussions on an Extension For Neil Walker

The Pittsburgh Pirates have had discussions on an extension for second baseman Neil Walker, according to Bill Brink at the Post-Gazette. Brink says that the discussions are preliminary, and nothing is close at the time. He also offered up that Howie Kendrick’s four-year, $33.5 M deal is a reasonable comparison, but┬áthat a rival executive thinks Walker could get more than Kendrick. Walker is currently under team control for two...

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Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker Win Silver Slugger Awards
Nov06

Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker Win Silver Slugger Awards

The Silver Slugger awards are being announced tonight on MLB Network and Andrew McCutchen took home his third straight award. McCutchen hit .314/.410/.952 this season and led the National League in on base percentage and OPS. He had 38 doubles, six triples and 25 homers. Second baseman Neil Walker won his first Silver Slugger. He had a .271/.342/.467 slash line in 137 games this year. Walker had 25 doubles and set a Pirates record...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Arbitration Estimates
Oct25

Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Arbitration Estimates

Matt Swartz at MLBTR has been producing some very accurate arbitration estimates over the last three seasons. His estimates for the Pittsburgh Pirates just came out recently, in an off-season preview that was written by Charlie at Bucs Dugout. Below are the MLBTR arbitration estimates: Gaby Sanchez, 1B (5.025): $2.7MM Neil Walker, 2B (4.166): $8.6MM Ike Davis, 1B (4.155): $4.4MM Mark Melancon, RP (4.098): $7.6MM Travis Snider, OF...

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First Pitch: Despite a Career Year, the Pirates Still Shouldn’t Extend Neil Walker
Oct15

First Pitch: Despite a Career Year, the Pirates Still Shouldn’t Extend Neil Walker

The topic of extending Neil Walker gets brought up every off-season. It’s always a subject that causes a huge divide. To some, Walker is seen as a key member of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and an irreplaceable part of the core of this team. Some of this evaluation might have to do with the fact that Walker is from Pittsburgh. To others, Walker is a good player, but not a great player. He’s not a guy like Andrew McCutchen,...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Second Base Recap: Examining Neil Walker’s Career Year
Oct14

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Second Base Recap: Examining Neil Walker’s Career Year

Coming into the 2014 season, there were questions about which Neil Walker would show up. The second baseman had shown some positive trends the last few years, and if those trends continued, he could have been primed for a huge season offensively. That’s exactly what happened in 2014. Here is a quick look at those trends, and the 2014 results. ISO 2010 – .167 2011 – .134 2012 – .146 2013 – .167 2014...

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