Should the Pirates extend Neil Walker?

Now that Andrew McCutchen has been signed to a long-term deal, everyone seems to be weighing in on whether the Pittsburgh Pirates should extend second baseman Neil Walker.

In 2009 the Pirates called up Andrew McCutchen mid-season. He was their first big prospect to arrive during the new management group's rebuilding process. The next summer the Pirates were set to see their first wave of top prospects arrive. Pedro Alvarez, Neil Walker, Jose Tabata, and Brad Lincoln all made the jump to the majors that summer, with the Pirates hoping they'd join McCutchen to provide a core to build around.

The results for those four players have been mixed. Walker, Tabata, and Alvarez had decent results in 2010. Then Walker and Tabata faced inconsistencies in...

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