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Neal Huntington intends to keep Russell Martin in a Pirates uniform

Pirates catcher Russell Martin knocked in the Pirates’ only run in Sunday’s 1-0 win against the Brewers, helping them inch their way closer to punching at least a ticket to the National League Wild Card play-in game. That came after slugging a go-ahead three-run home run in the eighth inning on Friday to send the Pirates to a late win over the Brewers. Both underscore Martin’s...
Via Pro Sports Daily
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Starting Pitcher Waiver Wire Streamers for Week 26 (Part 1)

Pittsburgh GM Neal Huntington either really knows what he’s doing, or else maybe he’s feeding newly acquired Pirates’ pitchers a sweet nectar oozing out of the Allegheny River.  For the second straight season, Huntington has struck gold by signing a seemingly over-the-hill veteran starting pitcher to a relatively cheap contract with amazing results.  Last season it was […]
Via RotoBaller
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Pirates TWIBB Notes for Week of 9-15-14 thru 9-21-14

Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 9/15/14 thru 9/21/14, the 25th week of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 baseball season.   Weekly result: 5 wins and 1 Losses, 21 Runs Scored and 6 Runs Allowed   Hero of the week: Russell Martin. The Pirates scored just 5 runs in the weekend series against the Brewers. Martin drove in 4 of those runs. His clutch hitting was just...
Via Hidden Vigorish
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Milwaukee Brewers – Game 154

After those losses to the Brewers late in games earlier this season last night’s victory was very fulfilling. Even more so because, like in the Grilli meltdown, the starter pitched pretty outstanding before his bullpen peed themselves. Any time something bad happens to Gallardo against the Bucs (from a professional standpoint) is alright in my book. He’ll never get it but...
Via This Is Getting Old
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Vance Worley to Start on Sunday After Charlie Morton Ruled Out

Vance Worley will be starting Sunday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates’ General Manager Neal Huntington announced. The start was previously slated to go to Charlie Morton, who returned from the disabled list to start on Tuesday against the Red Sox. As we reported yesterday, Morton’s status was up in the air for Sunday. Huntington ruled out Morton in today’s...
Via Pirates Prospects
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Extend Their Contract With West Virginia Through the 2018 Season

The Pittsburgh Pirates have extended their Player Development Contract with the West Virginia Power through the 2018 season. The previous PDC was set to expire after this season, prior to the four-year extension. The Pirates first joined up with West Virginia in 2009, meaning the extension will carry them through their tenth year with the Power franchise. Neal Huntington spoke about...
Via Pirates Prospects
14 days ago  |  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....
Via isportsweb.com
August 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 120: Tigers 8 Pirates 4

For all of the good things that Neal Huntington and his front office have done for this Pirate franchise in the past few years, it’s easy to wonder if maybe they aren’t a victim of their own hubris when it comes to the Pirate bullpen in 2014. The Pirates have had plenty of luck finding relievers in all kinds of places over the past couple of years, but in the past 12 months...
Via WHYGAVS?
August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

The New and Improved Vanimal

Jim Benedict has done it again. Benedict is a Special Assistant to Pittsburgh Pirates GM Neal Huntington. The title does little to describe what he actually does. Benedict rebuilds pitchers. He is a guru at taking formerly successful pitchers that have lost their way and putting them back on the right path. The success stories attributed to Benedict’s coaching include Charlie ...
Via Hidden Vigorish
August 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Trade Deadline Blues

The July 31st 4pm MLB non-waiver trade deadline came and went without the Pittsburgh Pirates making any moves. The Pirates were rumored to be involved in discussions for nearly every major top of the rotation pitcher that was on the market. At various points this week the Pirates were considered front runners to land Jon Lester and David Price. In the end they were trumped by Oakland...
Via Hidden Vigorish
August 01, 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...
Via isportsweb.com
July 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Where Can the Pirates Upgrade?

The trade deadline isn’t approaching for a few more weeks and Neal Huntington’s preferred waiver deadline is even further away, but the trade talks around the league have already approached.  I mentioned last week that David Price would be a good fit for the Pirates, though it is highly unlikely due to their past deadline history.  The Pirates are very much a buy-low team that...
Via Cheap Seat Analytics
July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates take two high school arms with second round picks

Picking at #64 and #73, the Pirates took two high school pitchers in the second round of the 2014 draft. With the #64 pick, they took Mitch Keller, a righty from Iowa who has a commitment to pitch at UNC (which I hear is a nice school) in 2015. At #73, they took Trey Supak, a righty from the same high school as Homer Bailey, who’s committed to Houston. Both of them seem like more...
Via WHYGAVS?
June 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. San Francisco Giants – Game 33

I don’t know if I am even mad at this point.  Neal Huntington is learning a valuable lesson about winning baseball.  You can’t just find a little success and then not build on it.  I hope Neal Huntington is sweating.  I hope he has heartburn.  I think he should probably give some of his salary…
Via This Is Getting Old
May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Rumors: GM Huntington denies continued search for first baseman

After their breakout season in 2013 in which they made the playoffs for the first time in 22 years – in fact, were over .500 for the first time in 22 years – the Pirates were believed to have turned the corner after years of failed rebuilds and futility. In 2014, however, the club is mired in last place in the NL Central with a record of 12-19 and have been seeking to bolster...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
May 05, 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...
Via isportsweb.com
April 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Weekend news: Taillon, Huntington, Hurdle

The exciting series win over St. Louis wasn’t the only news coming from PNC Park this weekend, as the Pirates announced two contract extensions and a devastating injury. Actually, I probably shouldn’t say devastating, but it really stinks to hear that Jameson Taillon will need Tommy John surgery. That’ll sideline him for over a year, and it wipes out the plan of having him...
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April 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates extend Huntington and Hurdle

The Pittsburgh Pirates extended the contracts of General Manager Neal Huntington and Manager Clint Hurdle for three years, with club options for the 2018 season. The announcement was made by Pirates President Frank Coonelly.
Via pirates.scout.com
April 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Stockpiled Arms Before Rule Change On Slot Draft Picks

Before the new management regime in Pittsburgh, the Pirates were notoriously bad, even laughable when it came to drafting and developing players. Neal Huntington accepted the GM position for the Pirates in 2007. Shortly after, Huntington along with a few other GM’s around the leage employed a strategy that has brought about rule changes for all of Major League Baseball. Teams that...
Via Baseball News Source
February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates likely will wait a little longer for first baseman

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington’s top priority throughout the off-season was finding a left-handed hitting first baseman. The off-season ended Thursday when spring training started for the Pirates, with pitchers and catchers working out at Pirate City in Bradenton, Fla. Yet, Huntington continues to search for a first baseman who bats from the left side. That’s the case...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Acquire First Baseman From The Rangers

No.  Not that one. Neal Huntington continues his “American Pickers” inspired offseason by acquiring non-prospect Chris McGuiness. My good friend @PiratesVigorish summed it up great on twitter. Pirates plan must be to address 1B with quantity instead of quality. Buy enough scratch off lottery tickets and eventually one will hit. — Hidden Vigorish (@piratesvigorish) December…
Via This Is Getting Old
December 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Winter meetings: Pittsburgh Pirates still don’t get it

Follow me on Twitter @jim_krug  Opening image credit nbchardballtalk.  Thoughts as some utterly disheartening Winter Meetings for Pirates’ fans begin to wind down… 1.  Entering the offseason after a history-making playoff run, I was cautiously optimistic about the following: “That ‘thud’ sound? Probably our offseason to date.” Image credit isportsweb *Pittsburgh...
Via isportsweb.com
December 12, 2013  |  Discuss

First Pitch: How Much Do You Trust Ray Searage?

Several weeks ago I wrote an article titled “Why I Trust Neal Huntington“. In the article I pointed out that I don’t agree with all of the moves Huntington makes. I give my own opinion, then I try to put that opinion aside to try and see the logic from the other side of a deal. For the most part I accept that I have limited information and that Huntington has an entire organization...
Via Pirates Prospects
December 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates general manager Huntington is searching for right player, deal

Under general manager Neal Huntington, the Pirates have avoided long-term relationships with free agents. Someday, perhaps even soon, that could change. Huntington has never given anything longer than a two-year offer to a free agent. But he said Tuesday that he came to MLB's annual winter meetings with an open mind about multiple-year contracts. “It's just a matter of...
Via Pro Sports Daily
December 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Winter Meetings: Time for some moves?

So far, it’s been a slow offseason for the Pirates. I don’t think most people had much of an issue with this until the last week or so, when a flurry of big moves took place around the league. Meanwhile, the only thing the Bucs have done at the major league level is the trade for light hitting backup catcher Chris Stewart. I understand the impatience, but it’s important to...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
December 09, 2013  |  Discuss
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