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 to a deal anytime before that hearing. If the Pirates go to a hearing with any one of those players, an arbitration panel would choose one of the two salary figures, based on the arguments from each side. Here are the exchanged figures.
James McDonald
Pirates: $2.65 M

McDonald: $3.4 M

Midpoint: $3.025 M
Neil Walker
Pirates: $3 M

Walker: $3.6 M

Midpoint: $3.3 M

The typical question you see when it comes to arbitration hearings is "they're so close, why don't...

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