Series 5 Episode 1: The General Manager – Neal Huntington: Off-Season Moves, Things to Come

Pittsburgh Pirates GM Neal Huntington joined the RumBunter podcast to discuss the 2015 Pirates season. The Pirates podcast is over thirty minutes in length and covers a variety of topics surrounding the 2015 Pirates including how the team was able to sign Francisco Liriano and A.J. Burnett to deals that “left cash on the table” in Huntington’s words.

The Pirates Senior Vice President and General Manager called attention to the depth of the 2015 club, discussed the satisfaction with seeing Jeff Banister named the manager of the Texas Rangers, and the details that surfaced as Banister went through the interview process.

Of course, the trade of outfielder Travis Snider is discussed along with the GM’s feelings on the Neil Walker arbitration process and how he distances himself from it.

New Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli has had difficulty staying on the field during his career. With the catching position going from one of strength over the past two seasons, to a potential weakness with the departure of Russell Martin, listen to how Huntington feels the Pirates can help to keep Cervelli on the field during 2015.

The Pirates offseason has brought plenty of attention from Baseball Prospectus to MLB.com and other sites such as PiratesProspects.com that have gone to great lengths researching the most talented players in the Pirates system and ranking them in Top-100 lists. Under Huntington’s watch, the Pirates have developed a post season contender as well as one of the top farm systems in Major League Baseball with names such as Tyler Glasnow, Jameson Taillon, Josh Bell, Austin Meadows, Reese McGuire, Nick Kingham and Alen Hanson found in the majority of those lists. The Pirates GM talks about the people that deserve the credit for all of those accolades surrounding the future of the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball club.

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