All posts tagged "Neil Walker"

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Platooning Alvarez? Hurdle Says “No Way”

    It was a great privilege to cover the Pirates this past weekend at Dodger Stadium. The team’s offense still has to make some drastic improvements to consistently score runs, and before I left Chavez Ravine, I asked some of the players and coaches how that will happen. No Platoon for Pedro Any...

  • Game Recaps
    McCutchen Homer Only Respite as L.A. Completes Sweep 6-2

    Don’t let the sunshine and the mountain views fool you. Dodger Stadium continues to be a ravine of terror for the Pirates, but Sunday provided a fresh face to engineer the 6-2 Los Angeles victory and a weekend sweep. Adrian Gonzalez started to earn the $127 million he will collect the next...

  • First Pitch
    First Pitch: Who Should Bat Second?

    Russell Martin is one of three hitters who have hit second in the first four games. Photo credit: David Hague At the end of Spring Training, the Pittsburgh Pirates started using Garrett Jones as a number two hitter. I wrote about the topic during the final week, and noted that Clint Hurdle...

  • Season Previews
    Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Preview: 21 Questions to Answer

    It's Opening Day, those two sweet words marking an event beloved by fans of all 30 teams. No more frivolous exhibition games or exaggerated position battles. It's a day indisputably tied to ideas of hope, but also to wondering and questions that will take 162 games to answer. Tom and Tim gave...

  • Season Previews
    Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Preview: The Infield

    With Opening Day less than a week away and Spring Training coming to a close in Florida, it seems like an appropriate time to take a look at what the Pirates will put on the field next Monday when the Cubs visit PNC Park. The idea is to do one of these...

  • Transactions
    Pirates Agree to Terms With Walker and McDonald

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with Neil Walker and James McDonald, per a team announcement. Walker and McDonald were the final two players eligible for arbitration, and by agreeing to deals they avoid an arbitration hearing. No word yet on the terms of the deals. I'll update this post when...

  • Analysis
    Is Cost Certainty Better Than Roster Flexibility?

    Is it better to have cost certainty or payroll flexibility when building a team?

  • First Pitch
    First Pitch: The Long-Term Costs Of Arbitration Decisions

    The Pittsburgh Pirates exchanged arbitration figures with two players today, giving us a look at what each side is asking for in each individual case. The players who exchanged figures were James McDonald and Neil Walker. The Pirates will now receive arbitration hearings with each of these players. The sides can agree...

  • Transactions
    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...

  • Analysis
    Who Will Be Tendered an Offer Tomorrow?

    Tomorrow night at midnight is the deadline to tender contracts for the 2013 season. Any player who does not have a contract -- arbitration eligible players and players with 1-3 years of service time -- must be tendered an offer by the deadline, or be non-tendered. If a player is non-tendered, he...

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