Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Big win for Walker

The odds looked stacked against Todd Walker in his arbitration hearing with the San Diego Padres.

The owners held a 4-1 lead over players, entering the final day of hearings, and the Padres already had signed a former All-Star second baseman this offseason (Marcus Giles).

So what happens? Walker and his team come out winners with Walker netting a $3.95 million salary.

It seems Walker's contractural luck is finally shifting to the good side. Since his inital foray into free agency after the 2003 season, Walker has had buzzard's luck when it came to contracts.

A one-year deal with the Cubs. A deal with a vesting option that seemed a lock until suffering the first major injury of his career.

Maybe the win is a good omen for Walker's 2007 season.


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