I typically ignore most of the public statements made by Neal Huntington in terms of how he's building a team, trade discussions, free agency plans, and so on. Most of the statements are typical GM-speak, where you won't get the actual plan. There's no reason and no incentive for him to reveal his actual plan.

For example, leading up to the Gerrit Cole trade, Huntington refused to label the Pirates as sellers. That was despite daily rumors saying the Pirates were in trade discussions involving Cole, Andrew McCutchen, Josh Harrison, and so on. Actions speak louder than words. If you were ignoring the comments, and just paying attention to the actions (in this case, you'd assume the rumors were true and that constitutes actions), then it was clear that the Pirates were sellers. If you car...

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