I discussed this back in September when speculation about Walker's future emerged. Let me just reiterate this from two months ago:Sources: Pirates have been shopping 2B Neil Walker, who could make $10M+ in arbitration this year. Have talked with Baltimore and others.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 21, 2015
So does a four-year contract for a 30 year old second baseman who's good, but obviously not quite Robinson Cano, make a lot of sense, regardless of money? No, it probably doesn't. And the conviction behind that "probably" increases if the contract sucks up so much payroll money that it prevents the team from affording younger or better players.As I said back then, I'm not completely sold on the alternative to Walker, which, at this point, appears to be Josh Harrison taking over the keystone full time. But I'm even less sold on a lot of money for guy whose best years are likely behind him.