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Pirates extend contract of GM Neal Huntington for three years

The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced the signing of Senior Vice President and General Manager Neal Huntington to a three year contract extension through 2014 with a club option for 2015.

“Neal was hired to take on the difficult task of building an organization that can compete on a consistent basis,” said Bob Nutting, Pirates Chairman of the Board. “While there is still much work to be done, Neal and his staff have done an exceptional job of overhauling the scouting and development systems while building a strong foundation by aggressively acquiring talent through all possible avenues. We have begun to see that positive impact on the Major League level this season and expect that improvement to continue as we execute our plan in building a winning organization.”

The 42-year-old Huntington was named to his current position on September 25, 2007, thus becoming the 12th G.M. in the history of the club.

“Neal has rebuilt the baseball operations department into a cohesive and focused unit that is acquiring and developing winning players who are now making a positive impact in Pittsburgh,” said Pirates President Frank Coonelly. “Our Club’s improvement this summer was just the beginning. While our goals have not yet been reached and there is much hard work left to do, I am confident that Neal and his talented and dedicated team, including Greg Smith and Kyle Stark, will finish the job of bringing championships back to Pittsburgh.”

“I am humbled by the opportunity to continue as the General Manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates,” said Huntington. “I am extremely appreciative of the resources provided by Bob Nutting, the guidance and support provided by Frank Coonelly and the outstanding work done by our baseball operations staff. We collectively look forward to building upon the progress experienced to date and achieving our goal of returning the Pirates to a championship caliber organization.”

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