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.

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