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Pirates A.M. — Financial flexibility? Um, maybe.

By Rob Biertempfel BRADENTON, Fla. — During our sit-down with chairman Bob Nutting yesterday, I asked he has given GM Neal Huntington the … (wait for it) … financial flexibility to add players/payroll later this season if necessary or if fans can expect to see another salary dump a la the Francisco Liriano trade. You might recall Huntington said last year that adding David...
Via Bucco Blog
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Nutting: Bucs would love to keep core intact

As the Pirates ramp up their Spring Training workouts, the futures of three organizational pillars remains uncertain. But owner Bob Nutting said Monday that the Bucs would love to keep general manager Neal Huntington, manager Clint Hurdle and right fielder Andrew McCutchen beyond the life of their current contracts.
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Blue Jays reportedly have interest in Andrew McCutchen

Could Andrew McCutchen still be on the move? While the Pittsburgh Pirates have publicly sought to cool the trade rumors surrounding the outfielder, some teams are reportedly still interested in trading for McCutchen, including the Toronto Blue Jays. GM Neal Huntington recently said it was likely #Pirates would keep McCutchen. But #BlueJays are among several clubs with interest...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen admits trade rumors left him ‘on edge’

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen has been the subject of trade rumors for weeks, and he admitted that it does impact him. McCutchen described the feeling as being “on edge” when speaking at Saturday’s PirateFest. “I’d be lying to you if I told you none of this bothered me,” McCutchen said, via ESPN. “Of course it did. I’m human. “My dream is to...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Pirates interested in expanding Wild Card format

In the least surprising news ever reported, Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington would favor an expanded MLB Wild Card format. Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports Huntington, who voted for adding a second Wild Card in 2012, only to see his team host three straight Wild Card games and lose the last two of them, said making the Wild Card round a...
Via The Comeback
March 22, 2016  |  Discuss

GM Neal Huntington Not Wasting Time This Offseason

We are barely two weeks into the MLB Hot Stove Season and Pittsburgh Pirates GM Neal Huntington has already pulled the trigger on two major moves. On November 12th the Pirates acquired catcher Francisco Cervelli from the Yankees in exchange for pitcher Justin Wilson. Cervelli and backup catcher Chris Stewart make for a decent tandem that should give the Pirates at least a competent...
Via Hidden Vigorish
November 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: The right move was no move?!?

(Follow me on Twitter @jim_krug; opening image credit Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) Over the past 7 games, the mathematical percentage of the Pittsburgh Pirates reaching the National League playoffs  has dropped from over 60% down to just 20.8% during a 7-game losing streak that’s seen the club not only sink to 64-62, but also descend back to .500 baseball (21-21) since July 1st....
August 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates Rumors: Neal Huntington and “The Big Move”

Pittsburgh Pirates With this year’s trade deadline approaching, the Pittsburgh Pirates have found themselves right in the thick of the playoff race.  What was once an unheard of concept, the Pirates have now been buyers at the trade deadline for the fourth year running. Names such as Ryan Ludwick, Wandy Rodriguez, and Marlon Byrd have all been added to the roster by GM Neal Huntington...
July 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: Were 3-year Huntington/Hurdle extensions justified?

Part 1 in a 2-part series.  Follow me on Twitter @jim_krug Two men, 6-8 years of extensions between them; image credit observer-reporter I’m in an odd place with Pirates’ GM Neal Huntington, and Manager Clint Hurdle.  At the start of the 2013 season, I felt the way many Pirates’ fans did- I assumed both were in their last years with the Pirates’ organization, after 2 straight...
April 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: Tim Williams rushes to defend payroll, Huntington

I’ve never had any interaction with Tim Williams of Pirates Prospects, aside from him passive-aggressively claiming that “nobody reads” isportsweb after I questioned the accuracy of an article from one of his contributors on Twitter.  And to Tim’s credit, he runs a regularly updated Pirates page with some useful player information, podcasts and interviews featuring personnel...
November 25, 2013  |  Discuss

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