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Meeting with Maholm, Huntington and Coonelly

Meeting with Maholm, Huntington and Coonelly

As I am sure you have seen on some other sites, the Pirates invited a few of us bloggers to PirateFest Friday night for a chance to pick the brains of Frank Coonelly, Neal Huntington and Paul Maholm. Charlie Wilmoth and Vlad have shared their thoughts at Bucs Dugout, and you can also read recaps from Kevin Creagh at Pirates Prospects (with audio) and Kristy Robinson at Pirates Booty. Tom Smith of Rum Bunter was also there, as were the folks from Bucco Zone (unfortunately, I did not catch their names). I am not going to go too in-depth, to avoid repeating information already posted on the other sites, but I thought I would touch on a few subjects that came up.

Huntington acknowledged having some level of discussion with the Rays about Matt Garza and James Shields, but noted the Pirates are not quite at the point where they can afford to lose the amount of talent necessary to acquire those players. He also said they would "absolutely" look into trading some of the team's minor leag...

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Matt has covered the Pirates at Wait ‘Til Next Year, Pittsburgh Lumber Co. and now Pirates Prospects. He served as Pirates team expert for Heater Magazine in 2009 and 2010 and has contributed to Graphical Player 2009, 2010 and 2011. Matt was also the editor of the 2011 and 2012 Pirates Prospects Annuals.

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