Pirates, Neil Walker Avoid Arbitration

The Pirates have ducked an arbitration hearing with Neil Walker by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $5.75MM, according to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune (Twitter link).

Walker, a client of Excel Sports Management, receives a raise from the $3.3MM salary he received last season as a first-time arb-eligible Super Two player. He had been projected to earn $4.8MM by MLBTR's Matt Swartz, so his agents did well to approach the $6MM mark. Walker will be eligible for arbitration two more times before hitting free agency following the 2016 season.


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