I’ve never been a fan of Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington.
Last year’s free-agent class, which included Nate McLouth, Erik Bedard, Clint Barmes and Rod Barajas, didn’t change my mind.
I know it’s still early, but the Pirates haven’t made any significant offseason signings.
And that’s a good thing.
The highlight so far, if you want to call it that, has been the signing of Felix Pie to a minor league contract.
By this time last year, the Pirates had already given us Barajas (one year, $4 million) and Barmes (two years, $10.5 million), and weren’t too far away from giving fans Bedard (one year, $4.5 million) and McLouth (one year, $1.75 million).
All terrible signings.
So while the Toronto Blue Jays are turning themselves into a contender by plundering the Miami Marlins, the Pirates are being frugal — like always.
Of course, when they do decide to spend, it’s usually too much on the wrong player.
It’s like Huntington is shopping for a Black Friday deal and is surprised to find out the $29 Blue-Ray player he found constantly skips.
To this point, I’m thankful we haven’t been treated to any more turkeys from Huntington.
Of course, there’s still plenty of time for him to revert to form.