The Pittsburgh Pirates avoided arbitration with second baseman Neil Walker and pitcher James McDonald by signing both players to new one-year contracts on Thursday.
The moves mean Pittsburgh will face no arbitration hearings with players. They reached earlier agreements with first baseman Gaby Sanchez, first baseman-outfielder Garrett Jones, and pitchers Jeff Karstens and Charlie Morton.
Both Walker and McDonald made $500,000 in 2012. Walker’s filing arbitration sought $3.6 million, while the Pirates countered with $3 million. McDonald filed for $3.4 million, while the team offered $2.65 million.
As it turns out, Walker will earn $3.3 million in 2013, and McDonald will make $3.025 million.
The Pirates will open training camp in Bradenton, Florida on February 11, although position players will not be required to be there until February 14.