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Pirates Rumors: Bucs, Neil Walker Discussing Extension

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Neil Walker are deep into extension talks, according to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Earlier today, we heard the Bucs and outfielder Jose Tabata were nearing an extension, and now GM Neal Huntington is working on a similar deal with second basemen Neil Walker.

Biertempfel writes the "talks between Walker and the Pirates are proceeding well, but a final agreement is not imminent, two team sources said. The team would like to sign Walker to a deal with terms similar to Tabata's new contract."

Walker, 25, is in his second full season with the Pittsburgh Pirates. A first round draft pick in 2004, Walker is having a down year compared to his rookie campaign. As a rookie Walker hit .296/.349/.462 over 469 plate appearances. This season, however, he is hitting .271/.333/.396 in 507 plate appearances which are sightly above-average numbers. Only 25-years-old, Walker can still become a 25-30 doubles hitter with 12-15 home runs a season.