Neil Walker tells Ron Cook that he and the Pirates haven't discussed an extension since 2010.
Walker said the Pirates approached him to talk about a long-term contract in 2010. There was none of that common ground that Huntington mentioned. "There have been no discussions since," Walker said.
Walker is making $5.75 million this year and has two more years of arbitration eligibility left, which means he could leave following the 2016 season. This is not a tragedy -- Walker is a good player, but not a great one, and he'll be heading into his age-31 reason. As a second baseman who doesn't handle the position all that well and who has offensive blind spots, Walker isn't a great bet to age gracefully. He might still be valuable in 2017 and 2018, but I'm glad the Pirates didn't gamble on a long-term deal with him just to control those years.
Since 2010, the Pirates have discussed extensions with at least Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte, Jose Tabata, Charlie Morton and Gregory Polanco, so they're certainly not averse to signing players to extensions. But it appears they've decided that Walker isn't one of the players they want long-term. I like Walker, but this is as it should be. Save the extensions for young, toolsy players like McCutchen, Marte and Polanco.