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First Pitch: Do the Pirates Now Have a Defined Window to Contend?

First Pitch: Do the Pirates Now Have a Defined Window to Contend?

Today the Pittsburgh Pirates announced the extensions of General Manager Neal Huntington and Manager Clint Hurdle. Both were extended through the 2017 season, with options for the 2018 season. Coincidentally, that puts both guys in the same boat as Andrew McCutchen, who is also under contract through the 2017 season, with an option for 2018. If you believe in "windows" for small market teams, then that certainly would mark the end of the window for the Pirates to compete, or at least a big point where the window could possibly end.

Huntington has been with the Pirates since late 2007. When he took over, the Pirates had one of the worst teams in baseball, and one of the worst farm systems. Last year the Pirates won 94 games, made it to the NLDS, and this year they're ranked as having one of the top three farm systems in baseball. Despite complaints over the off-season that the Pirates didn't do enough as contenders, they're still considered a contender, and a lot of prediction system...

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