Pirates GM Says New TV Revenue Will Go To Payroll


Pittsburgh Pirates GM and Sr. VP was on 93.7 The Fan this morning talking with the morning show about all things Buccos.  The GM has been in the instructional leagues with Clint Hurdle and it was easy to tell that he was focused on 2014 as he answered questions in rapid fire.

Some of the highlights we thought worth sharing are below.  Hopefully the entire interview gets up on the Fan site for you to listen.

Huntington spoke about the new national television revenue which could reach $50 million dollars.

"“Whatever we get will be going toward payroll.”"

Another interesting piece of news was that Huntington feels really good about his bullpen.  The Bucs GM rattled off the names of the arms and mentioned that the team could trade some of those players if another club were to come at them aggressively.

"“We feel really good about it and it’s an area we feel like we could trade from if we wanted to.”"

Huntington also spoke about the Bucs ace from 2013, A.J. Burnett when he said that if Burnett plays, we’re going to do everything in our power to keep him in Pittsburgh.

He also mentioned that the club guaranteeing money it doesn’t need to guarantee doesn’t make much sense.  Discussion was held about Scott Boras and locking up players into their free agent years.

The possible Pedro Alvarez arbitration case–‘if it comes to that,’ Huntington said will be based around the power that Pedro provided, it’s rare in the game, and also he had a big number of  RBI.   We will base our case around other things, Huntington said.