With pitchers and catchers reporting today, and Spring Training starting up this week, we will be previewing the position battles to follow throughout the Spring. To keep track of the players who are in camp, and the updated status of each position battle, check out the 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training Tracker.
If there's one area where Neal Huntington has been successful, it's building a bullpen. Huntington has found a lot of quality, low-cost relievers over the last few years. Joel Hanrahan was a throw-in from the 2009 Lastings Milledge trade, and ended up closing for the team for two and a half years. Jason Grilli was available to any team that wanted him in July 2011, and the Pirates got him on a minor league deal. Tony Watson and Jared Hughes were struggling starters in Double-A who both saw their stocks soar when they moved to the bullpen.
This year the bullpen building will be put to the test. Hanrahan was traded, making Grilli the closer, and testing the "Proven Cl...
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