With the struggles of the Pirates this season, there has been some chatter that both Neal Huntington and Clint Hurdle’s jobs could be in jeopardy. Both guys are in the last year of their contracts with the team.
However, a report last night suggests that both are safe and will be signing contract extensions before the end of the season.
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports tweeted that his sources tell him that Pirates owner Bob Nutting will give extensions to both men in the very near future.
Huntington has been the Pirates general manager since 2007 while Hurdle has been manager since 2011.
PIRATES RECORD UNDER DUO OF HURDLE AND HUNTINGTON:
Considering all the obstacles they’ve been forced to deal with this year (Jung Ho Kang, Starling Marte, Jameson Taillon, major injuries), I believe it would’ve been difficult to objectively justify firing both men. Despite all that’s gone wrong, the Pirates only find themselves 5.5 games behind first place Milwaukee and 4 games behind the Chicago Cubs.
It will be interesting to see how the team handles the upcoming MLB Trade Deadline. Are these extensions being given before a possible fire sale of players?
Hurdle said yesterday that the Pirates aren’t rebuilding and still consider themselves as contenders. Let’s see how the next month goes.