Walker, McDonald Have New Pittsburgh Pirates Contracts

February 1, 2013

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.

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