As I am sure you have seen on some other sites, the Pirates invited a few of us bloggers to PirateFest Friday night for a chance to pick the brains of Frank Coonelly, Neal Huntington and Paul Maholm. Charlie Wilmoth and Vlad have shared their thoughts at Bucs Dugout, and you can also read recaps from Kevin Creagh at Pirates Prospects (with audio) and Kristy Robinson at Pirates Booty. Tom Smith of Rum Bunter was also there, as were the folks from Bucco Zone (unfortunately, I did not catch their names). I am not going to go too in-depth, to avoid repeating information already posted on the other sites, but I thought I would touch on a few subjects that came up.

Huntington acknowledged having some level of discussion with the Rays about Matt Garza and James Shields, but noted the Pirate...

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