March 6, 2012; Bradenton, FL, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Neil Walker (18) singles in the fourth inning against the New York Yankees at McKechnie Field. The Pirates defeated the Yankees 7 - 4. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE
Jon Heyman from CBS Sports tweets that the Pittsburgh Pirates will not look to immediately extend second baseman Neil Walker. Two days ago their extended their star center fielder Andrew McCutchen, and many wondered if Walker would be best.
Heyman points out that Walker has four arbitration years ahead of him, so there is no rush to get a deal done, as he will remain under their control for a long time. However, four years of going to arbitration isn't exactly the most fun thing for teams, so they might look at that for more incentive to extend Walker.
Last season Walker hit .273 with a .334 OBP and he hit twelve home runs. The 26 year old second baseman also had a WAR of 3.0 on the season. Walker is currently sitting out two or three days of spring training games due to some mild back pain, but it likely won't affect his contract status.