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Heyman: Pirates Intend to Extend Huntington

In Jon Heyman’s latest article at SI.com, he mentions that the Pittsburgh Pirates intend to extend Neal Huntington after the season.  Heyman mentions that the only reason it hasn’t happened yet is that the team wanted to wait until after the trade deadline and the amateur signing period to pass.

The Pirates are five losses away from another losing season, but this year has been a move in the right direction.  The current record of 65-77 is already an eight game improvement on the horrible 2010 season, and is a pace for 74 wins.  They made a huge splash in the draft with Josh Bell, signing him for a record shattering $5 M as a second round pick, despite everyone saying there was no chance he would sign.  They added Derrek Lee and Ryan Ludwick at the trade deadline for very little in return.  The team has struggled since then, and Lee was injured, although both players have performed up to expectations when healthy, and Lee has put up some monster numbers in his limited playing time.

Coming in to the season if we would have said the Pirates would improve from 57 wins to 74 wins, would spend $17 M in the draft, and in the process would land three players in the top 50, plus two in the top 15, I don’t think an extension would have been a surprise.  For that reason, it’s not a surprise that Huntington is in line for an extension now.

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Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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