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.