The Pittsburgh Pirates agreed to terms on 2013 contracts with second baseman Neil Walker and right-handed pitcher James McDonald on Thursday, avoiding arbitration.
First basemen Garrett Jones and Gaby Sanchez have agreed to one-year contracts with the Pittsburgh Pirate, while second baseman Neil Walker and right-hander James McDonald swapped proposed salaries with the team in arbitration.
Garrett Jones and Neil Walker hit back-to-back homers off the right-field foul pole to ignite Pittsburgh's offense and the Pirates beat the Houston Astros 11-2 on Monday night.
Neil Walker ended a long home run drought, James McDonald put together another strong start and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 on Saturday night.
James McDonald pitched into the seventh inning and Neil Walker doubled home a pair of runs, leading the Pirates to a 5-3 victory and a two-game sweep of the Reds.