Neal Huntington weighs in on the payroll

I discussed the payroll a bit in my last post and I just wanted to follow up briefly. My main point was that we should not focus so much on the total payroll, but more on individual expenditures. I have no problem whatsoever with a payroll under $40 million, mainly because there are not many available free agents that I prefer to our cheap internal options. Of course, if the Pirates were to lose someone like Andrew McCutchen down the...

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Neal Huntington

I am listening to an interview with Neal Huntington on 104.7 right now, and I thought I should reiterate how refreshing it is to listen to him. He is honest, intelligent and enthusiastic any time he discusses his work with the Pirates. You get the impression that he could sit there and talk baseball for hours. I will leave you with this quote from a recent chat, which exemplifies everything that I appreciate about him as a general...

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The Littlefield Fallacy

With the recent non-tender of Matt Capps, I felt it was appropriate to address (and label) a certain line of thinking that exists amongst Pirates fans. The Littlefield Fallacy: an argument that Neal Huntington is discriminating against players in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ organization who have been acquired by Dave Littlefield, and in the process of this discrimination, performing a mass exodus of Littlefield acquisitions from the...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Interviews

The complete archive of Pirates Prospects interviews by Pittsburgh Pirates prospects: Pirates Personnel Neal Huntington/Frank Coonelly Frank Coonelly Jim Benedict Part One Part Two Neal Huntington Part One Part Two Jeff Johnson Current Pirates Players Matt Benedict Victor Black Evan Chambers Tyler Cox Matt Curry Chase d’Arnaud Kawika Emsley-Pai Matt Hague Brock Holt Phillip Irwin Mike Jefferson Nick Kingham Chris Lashmet Brian...

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Avoid free agency

Neal Huntington stated in today’s Post-Gazette that the Pirates plan to be more aggressive in the free agent market this offseason. The players mentioned in the article are a great reminder of why the Pirates should mostly avoid free agency until they get farther along in the rebuilding process. Dejan notes that some recently traded players are possibilities, mentioning Freddy Sanchez, Jack Wilson and John Grabow as the most...

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