TIOPS Inside Buzz
Pirates GM Neal Huntington knew he was going to be taking some heat this evening following the trade of Francisco Liriano, along with Harold Ramirez and Reese McGuire.
“We fully recognize we’ve given up two quality prospects,” Huntington said during a conference call with the media. “We feel like we dealt from a position of organizational depth.”
What was clear from Huntington’s comments tonight is that without him actually saying it — is the involvement of McGuire and Ramirez opened the door for the Pirates to dump Liriano’s salary on the Blue Jays —
“Our goal in trading Ramirez and McGuire was to acquire Drew Hutchison,” Huntington said of the acquisition.
Huntington, as expected, also said ownership gave no mandate to unload salary.
“This was all our choice to create some financial flexibility to keep this club competitive while adding to our future,” said Huntington.
Surprisingly Huntington didn’t talk glowingly about Hutchison to the extent that I expected him to based on the cost of Ramirez and McGuire.
The Pirates plan moving forward is for Hutchison to spend the rest of the minor league season in Triple-A than be an option in September for the Pirates, though, the Pirates eye is on Hutchison hopefully being in the rotation for 2017.
“We feel he can step right into our rotation next year,” Huntington said.
He better be from the standpoint that he turns 26 years old in August.Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"
Steelers Camp Buzz (Monday Notes)
— The good news for the Steelers is Senquez Golson didn’t reinjure his surgically repaired shoulder. The bad news is Golson’s injured again.
This time he has a mid-foot injury that saw him carted off and was scheduled to have an MRI tonight.
Rookie Sean Davis moved into the slot today like he did much of OTA’s when Golson was sidelined.
When it comes to the Steelers top two picks, it’s night and day on how much more NFL ready Sean Davis is than Artie Burns.
Antonio Brown is having fun in making life miserable for Burns through four practices. Brown torched Burns all day again and Darrius Heyward-Bey Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"