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Pirates' GM discusses Lee trade, possible additional move

July 31, 2011 - Cory Giger
A recap of Neal Huntington's radio show Sunday afternoon.

Derrek Lee is an established, veteran hitter.

He's also going to be a great presence in our clubhouse, as well.

Huntington also said the Pirates believe Lee has a lot left in the tank.

on Lee being 36 and scouting report: Yes, he is 36, but our guys believe there is something left in the tank.

Derrek seemed to be coming into his own for about the last month.

A little bit of a roll of the dice because of the age but the indicators are he's going to finish strong for us.

Every indication we've gotten is he's a quality guy.

(Lee is) excited. He knows that we've got some good, young players here.

said Lee is expected most likely Monday and not today. Getting family situated.

He can help our young players ... because of the way he goes about it, the person he is.

on another deal -- We're still beating it, we're still trying to get after it, still trying to find another good fit for us.

If we make another addition, hopefully it can push us and carry us until (the injured players get back).

We'd like to make a move. If we don't because it wasn't a right fit (there are still good additions from minors and injuries).

Aaron's (Baker) got a legitimate chance to play in the big leagues at some point.

A tough call to give up a prospect like Aaron, but we felt like it was the right move.

Greg Brown asked him if the other players didn't want to come to Pittsburgh (Pena, Beltran, etc.)

Those players have to want to come to your city. In some cases we've tried to induce those players to come to our city.

In some cases ... (the players) decided they did not want to come here.

July 31 doesn't end the trading period, it just makes it a lot more difficult.

We are willing to give up talent. We've got some players that we won't move under any circumstance.

Doumit is eligible to be reinstated, even though he's on 60-man DL now.

Derrek Lee has been acquired to help this club and to be a big bat in our lineup (in response to if he'll be starting 1B).

Starling Marte and Tony Sanchez are in Altoona Curve's lineup today. Little chance either moves, especially Marte, who seems untouchable.

He's now talking about moneyball statistics when evaluating particulars of players they're looking at.

he loves the sabermetrics

on the process so far -- Frustrating and rewarding and challenging are probably appropriate words.

We're trying to get after it. We're trying to keep this organization going in the right direction.

We believe what's happening at the major league level is a result of three years worth of work.

At times we've been criticized for being unrealistic.

We don't feel like we overvalue our prospects.

said they perhaps can be criticized for undervaluing impact of two months of a player, but not for overvaluing prospects.

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