The Miami Marlins are close to hiring Jim Benedict as their new Vice President of pitching, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.

Obviously this isn't finalized yet, but if it goes through, it would be a huge loss for the Pirates. The new trend among baseball front offices is creative job titles. Benedict currently serves as a Special Assistant to General Manager Neal Huntington. He spends his time working with pitching projects, mostly focusing on upper level and MLB guys these days. During the season he also does advance scouting for the Pirates, going on the road and seeing opposing teams right before the Pirates are about to face those teams.

As I said, this would be a huge loss for the Pirates, as Benedict has been essent...

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