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

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.

It's ironic that Cherington beat out Huntington, when last off-season it was Huntington beating out Cherington. The Pirates traded Joel Hanrahan and Brock Holt to the Red Sox in exchange for Mark Melancon, Jerry Sands, Stolmy Pimentel, and Ivan De Jesus. Hanrahan was due $7 M and was only under control for one more season. The Pirates needed to deal Hanrahan to make payroll space for Francisco Liriano. If you dig deep into this trade, you can see why Huntington deserved the award over Cherington.

Huntington signed two of the top free agent performers in the game this year, bringing in Russell Martin and...

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