Pirates’ GM Neal Huntington Talks Acquisitions, Winter Meetings

PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — Pittsburgh Pirates’ General Manager Neal Huntington joined KDKA’s Bob Pompeani on 93-7 The Fan on Saturday to talk about a busy week in the MLB.

We being by talking about the acquisitions of Nate McLouth and Erik Bedard. Huntington thinks that the two were both upgrades at their positions. He says that the Pirates wanted to bring Paul Maholm back, but didn’t have that option based on the dollar signs that would be required to keep him.

As for first base, Derrek Lee has chosen to accept the Pirates offer for arbitration, but he is still available. Huntington says that Lee wants to explore options because he has made enough money, and will not play as well as he can if he is not motivated.

Many fans want to see Andrew McCutchen extended right now. Huntington looks at the Tampa Bay Rays, and says that they are taking a similar approach with the center fielder. Huntington says that the dollar figure is the reason a deal hasn’t been done, but to not be too pessimistic about it because they have four years to extend McCutchen’s contract.

For the entire interview on all-things ‘Buccos’ click below:

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  • boycottthebucs

    If I was derek lee i would,nt sign with the pirates either. Why would any player want to play for an organization that has accepted losing and get excited when they are 2 games above 500. They will never be good with this ownership,the fans have accepted losing also an are satisfied with a team finishing above 500 by a game or two.I don’t think they should waste ink in the sports page for the pirates put their score in the obituaries

  • http://www.sportshoopla.com/forums/pittsburgh-pirates/56588-no-contract-mcc-sounds-like.html#post1445997 no contract for McC - it sounds like

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  • Roberto

    Boycott: I`m sure you know about small market teams and how they`re affected by MLB`s lack of a salary cap.Maybe you don`t.

  • whatthebuc

    Get an editor, this article has several errors. The biggest one was where it said Derek Lee accepted arbitration.

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