NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- We recently spoke to Neal Huntington near the conclusion of the second day of the winter meetings at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center here. The highlights:
***Huntington, when asked about the perception of inactivity: "We’re not going to make the big splash in the offseason during the winter meetings. That’s the reality of probably half the clubs in the industry."
He made the distinction between "winning the offseason" and winning games and said the latter was the goal and moves should be made accordingly. "It may not happen today, it may take some time. It may be a work in progress. I don’t think any single move is going to make it all happen."
***When asked about Zack Greinke and R.A. Dickey's role in determining the pitching market, Huntington said it was tough to figure, but, "Typically each year you see one guy that kind of breaks the backlog."
***Huntington on Bill Livesey: "Bill’s going to be all over the place. He’s going to be an advisor, an evaluator, a mentor, he’s going to do scouting. He’s going to be in and around our player development system, give us an evaluation of what we’re doing. He’s seen just about everything, he’s done just about everything in the game."
***Huntington said the Pirates were spending some of the money they can no longer put toward the draft due to the new CBA on scouts and research. The Pirates hired four scouts last week.
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