This is your chance. Neal Huntington heard it from multiple teams leading up to the 2013 Trade Deadline. More than one competing front office told the Pirates general manager to "act properly," as this was his chance to end 20 years of losing.
"Reminding us how important it was to the city for us to win and how long it had been," Huntington said. "We understand it. You know it's part of the gamesmanship. It had no impact whatsoever, if not turning us against them a little bit."
Huntington did act properly. No other NL Central rival budged and overpaid to improve their current roster, so neither did he. It sets up for a very competitive next three pennant races. The Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds are all built to jockey for the 2013, 2014 and 2015 pennants until the rebuilding Chicago Cubs have a strong MLB roster to match their big-market revenue streams.
Unless the Pirates sign him to a two year deal this off-season, A.J. Burnett would be gone by 2015. Photo...
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