The Pirates were unable to use their momentum to propel them into the playoffs this year but things are looking bright in Pittsburgh. Here are a few items on the Bucs..
- Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington says that he didn't do a great job with the free agents he signed last winter, writes Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The Bucs lost Kevin Correia to injury in mid-August while Lyle Overbay and Matt Diaz were unable to get on track this year.
- Even though Huntington was tough on himself for his offseason signings, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette gave the GM a B+ for his work this season. Brink credits Huntington for landing Derrek Lee and Ryan Ludwick but says that the signings of top draft picks Gerrit Cole and Josh Bell were even more significant.
- All of manager Clint Hurdle's assistants will return for the 2012 season, a team source told Biertempfel. A formal announcement likely will come Monday.