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...
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23 days ago  |  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...
June 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals – Game 37

Alright. I’m going to preface this by saying that in no way am I rooting for the Pirates to lose or for Neal Huntington to fail. BUT!!!!!! I’m glad the Pirates got some instant karma in the guise of Gaby Sanchez as an outfielder. The Pirates deserved to be put in such a terrible situation…
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May 11, 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…
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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...
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May 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Baltimore Orioles – Game 27

Allow me to show you a lie. #pirates GM Huntington says Super 2 “not a driving factor with us” in decision about when to promote @El_Coffee — Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) April 27, 2014 Neal Huntington is lying to you. If Neal Huntington is not lying to you that means he really believes that Gregory Polanco…
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April 29, 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

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.
April 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates extend Neal Huntington, Clint Hurdle

BREAKING: #Pirates have extended the contracts of GM Neal Huntington & Manager Clint Hurdle for 3 yrs, w/club options for the 2018 season. — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) April 5, 2014
April 05, 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...
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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...
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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…
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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...
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...
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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...
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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...
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December 09, 2013  |  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

First Pitch: Neal Huntington Deserved the Executive of the Year Award

Pirates GM Neal Huntington (right) deserved the Executive of the Year award. (Courtesy: Pittsburgh Pirates) Earlier this evening it was announced that Boston Red Sox GM Ben Cherington was named the MLB 2013 Executive of the Year. Neal Huntington was named the runner up. I’m a Pirates writer, so this might come across as biased, but Huntington deserved the award over Cherington...
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November 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Neal Huntington Is the Runner Up For Executive of the Year

The Sporting News named their 2013 MLB Executive of the Year tonight, giving the award to Boston Red Sox General Manager Ben Cherington. Pittsburgh Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington finished second in the vote, losing 15 to 9. Dayton Moore finished in third with four votes, which means there are four people who have never heard of Wil Myers. Frank Wren finished fourth with...
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November 11, 2013  |  Discuss

News and notes: Huntington, Byrd, Burnett, McCutchen

The MLB General Manager meetings are under way this week, and while that’s not much of an event, it has generated some hot stove talk. It also generated the Executive of the Year award, which Pirates GM Neal Huntington did not win — a mild surprise, to Pirates fans at least. Huntington finished second to Boston’s Ben Cherington. Cherington, of course, led the Red Sox from...
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November 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Huntington Says Pirates Can’t Afford Burnett at $14 M

David Todd of ESPN 970 had Neal Huntington on his show this afternoon, discussing why the Pittsburgh Pirates didn’t tender A.J. Burnett a qualifying offer. The podcast might eventually go up on David’s page, but for now here is his summary of the Burnett conversation. #Pirates Huntington on not giving AJ Burnett a qualifying offer: “$14M in one player was a bit steep for us...
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November 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Jim Benedict Turns Down the Phillies

Jim Benedict has turned down the Phillies. The Philadelphia Phillies have been seeking a new pitching coach, and in their search they were granted permission to talk with Jim Benedict, who is a Special Assistant to General Manager Neal Huntington. Last week there was word that Benedict impressed the Phillies in his interview, while a group of other candidates were either ruled out...
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November 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Burnett's status is offseason priority for Pirates

A year ago, general manager Neal Huntington and the Pirates identified one major hole to address in free agency, locked in on veteran catcher Russell Martin and aggressively pursued him until he was crouched behind home plate at PNC Park. This year, a more patient approach will guide the franchise when free agency begins at the conclusion of the World Series, Huntington said in...
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October 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Neal Huntington on Gerrit Cole

As we draw closer and closer to the end of the season and it becomes more and more apparent that the Pirates will, at the very least, be one of the National League's wild cards this year, one of the biggest questions around the team has been about Gerrit Cole and his availability through the playoffs. We know how cautious the Pirates are with their young pitchers and it's...
September 12, 2013  |  Discuss
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