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NEIL WALKER RUMORS & GOSSIP

Pirates' Walker shifting focus from contract to season

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) The unfailingly polite Neil Walker has been asked about his contract status for most of spring training, to the point where the second baseman thinks it's counterproductive to talk about it. ''It's time to think about the season,'' the Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman said this week. ''That's the focus now.'' The Pirates open the season April 6 at Cincinnati...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Three big questions for the Pittsburgh Pirates

Many experts around baseball believe 2015 will be the year the Pittsburgh Pirates truly join the ranks of baseball’s elite teams. ESPN’s Dave Schoenfield recently ranked the Pirates as the third best team in baseball. While hopes may be running high for this team, the Pirates know they have a few questions to answer before they are ready to compete with the likes of the Washington...
Via isportsweb.com
February 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: time to pay up

Neil Walker has been a big part of the Pirates recent success For the past 4 seasons Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington has stressed the organizations’ commitment to winning. They have brought in a coaching staff which completely turned the franchise around making baseball relevant in Pittsburgh again. Huntington has also done a very good job at building one of the best farm...
Via isportsweb.com
February 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Neil Walker Loses Arbitration Case

The Pittsburgh Pirates and second baseman Neil Walker headed to arbitration on Friday and the results of the trial came in on Saturday with the Pirates winning their case. Walker had asked for $9M in arbitration, while the Pirates submitted an $8M offer. MLB Trade Rumors projected Walker to make $8.6M this year. Walker made $5.75M last year in his second year of arbitration in 2014...
Via Pirates Prospects
February 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Neil Walker < 500

Neil Walker is a perfect storm. He, perhaps first and foremost, a wonderful story. He was drafted out of high school by his hometown team as a catcher in 2004, but he wasn’t all that well suited to the position and injuries eventually forced him to third base. In 2007, he moved to third base. Later in 2007 the front office that moved him to third base was completely fired and replaced...
Via WHYGAVS?
January 26, 2015  |  Discuss

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...
Via Pirates Prospects
October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Kid writes letter asking for autograph, Pirates reply shamefully (pic)

An eight-year-old Pittsburgh Pirates fan named Colin sent an adorable, handwritten letter to the team asking if Neil Walker, his favorite player, would be so kind as to sign a baseball card. Colin even mentions that he hopes Walker feels better, probably in reference to his stint on the 15-day DL back in June after experiencing abdominal pain and later undergoing appendectomy...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
September 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates’ Neil Walker Jumps In Chase Field Pool After Losing Bet (Video)

When Neil Walker sent a home run near the swimming pool at Chase Field in Phoenix on Saturday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman was so sure that the ball had landed in the pool that he made a bet with his double play partner Jordy Mercer that it had. Unfortunately for Walker, replays showed otherwise. Although the ball bounced around the pool, it never actually went in...
Via NESN.com
August 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates trade rumors: Ian Kennedy versus A.J. Burnett

Ian Kennedy (Photo Credit: Denis Poroy/Getty Images North America)Rumors are swirling of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ interest in both Ian Kennedy of the San Diego Padres and A.J. Burnett of the Philadelphia Phillies. While Burnett has a history with the Pirates, he may not be the best fit for them. Despite his former teammates pushing for the 37-year-old veterans return, how much...
Via isportsweb.com
July 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: The future of Neil Walker

Neil Walker is congratulated by manager Clint Hurdle (Photo Courtesy of Al Behrman- AP) Neil Walker signed a one-year $5.75 million deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates last week, which is a raise from the $3.3 million salary he made last season. With that in mind, is Walker’s value becoming too high for the Pirates? Should Pittsburgh try and lock Walker up with a long-term deal? After...
Via isportsweb.com
January 29, 2014  |  Discuss
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