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Nice job, Pirates ... you just helped the Yankees

If Neal Huntington is going to fix the Pirates, he shouldn't have given Xavier Nady away so cheaply. Jeff Pearlman

Updated: August 1, 2008, 10:04 PM ET
By Jeff Pearlman | Special to Page 2

He was supposed to be a new kind of thinker.

Smarter.

Deeper.

More focused on development, with the skills and insight to match.

At least that's what I was told repeatedly five months ago, when members of the Pittsburgh Pirates organization were downright giddy over the hiring of the team's new general manager, a 38-year-old from the Cleveland Indians organization named Neal Huntington. After the bleakness and doom that signified the Cam Bonifay and Dave Littlefield eras, ...

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