Pirates win arbitration case against Neil Walker


According to Tom Singer of MLB.com, the Pirates won their arbitration case against second baseman Neil Walker.

Walker, who was arbitration-eligible for the third time this winter, will make $8 million this season. He requested a $9 million salary for 2015 when arbitration figures were exchanged last month, but the three-person panel of arbitrators decided in the Pirates’ favor even coming off the best season of Walker’s career. Still, it’s a nice raise from the $5.75 million he made in 2014.

Walker, 29, batted .271/.342/.467 with 23 home runs and 76 RBI across 137 games last season. He goes through arbitration four times as opposed to the usual three because he was a Super Two player, so the Pirates have him under team control through 2016.

Report: Rangers sign Jordan Lyles to two-year, $16 million deal

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The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers and pitcher Jordan Lyles have agreed to a contract. ESPN’s Jeff Passan provided the details, reporting that it is a two-year, $16 million deal.

Lyles, 29, split last season between the Pirates and Brewers, performing much better with the latter. Overall, he compiled a 4.15 ERA with a 146 strikeouts and 55 walks across 141 innings. It was a return to full-time starting for Lyles, who had performed mostly as a reliever from 2016-18.

The Rangers also inked Kyle Gibson to a three-year, $30 million contract last week. Gibson and Lyles will join a rotation that also includes Mike Minor and Lance Lynn as well as youngster Kolby Allard.