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First Pitch: How Much Do You Trust Ray Searage?

First Pitch: How Much Do You Trust Ray Searage?

Several weeks ago I wrote an article titled "Why I Trust Neal Huntington". In the article I pointed out that I don't agree with all of the moves Huntington makes. I give my own opinion, then I try to put that opinion aside to try and see the logic from the other side of a deal. For the most part I accept that I have limited information and that Huntington has an entire organization working to provide him with tons of information not made available to the public. That process led from the Pirates going from a horrible all around organization in 2008 to a contender with a top farm system in 2013. Huntington and the Pirates have earned trust after watching how they've built up the entire organization.

Today is one of those days where that trust comes into play. I said that I would have given A.J. Burnett a qualifying offer. The truth is that we don't know if Burnett would have accepted this. It's possible that he could retire. But that's the deal I would have made. I'm also not a big f...

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