Pirates GM Neal Huntington On Trade Deadline: “The Right Move Was No Move”
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PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) – After coming up empty at the Major League Baseball trade deadline, Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington held firm to the idea that no move was the right move for his club.
“We wanted to add to this club,” Huntington said. “We looked at various points at which we could add to this club, and worked hard to add to the club, but in the final decision process, we felt that our best move was to stay as we were at this point.”
Huntington also addressed what he’ll do with his team moving forward now that the non-waiver trade deadline has passed and how the players likely feel about the lack of moves.
“We’re looking forward to figuring out a way to beat the Diamondbacks tonight,” Huntington said. “We’ve got a group of guys that I’m sure were looking forward to potential additions, we’ll continue to work hard, we’ll continue to see what’s out there as we did a year ago.”
When it comes to whether or not this team can compete with the other teams in the National League playoff race that got better through trades, Huntington expressed optimism.
“The core of this team is the team that put us in a position to have one of the best nights of baseball here in a long time,” Huntington said. “We’ve got guys that are starting to put some things together, we’ve got some guys that have carried us all year long. We still like the foundation of our rotation, we still like the foundation of our bullpen.”
Click the audio link below to hear more from the Pirates GM as he talks about the asking price in the trades they weren’t able to complete and the likelihood of making trades through the waiver process.
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