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Huntington extension? Oh, no!

I was caught up in the football frenzy yesterday and missed this on SI.com.

Jon Heyman is reporting that the Pirates are considering extending GM Neal Huntington.

I'd really like to see a real GM in Pittsburgh. I guess that might happen when they get a real team.

I've been thoroughly unimpressed by Huntington's evaluation of major league players.

But, when you're a cheap franchise, you get what you pay for.

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