I suppose every GM has a weakness. For a over year now, I've been intrigued watching Neal Huntington try to rebuild the Pirates, trying to figure out his plan of attack, how feasible it is, how he's different from Dave Littlefield, etc. One thing is inextricably clear: Huntington loves relievers with live arms.
News today in the PG is that the Pirates have contacted fallen Brewers' closer Derrick Turnbow about coming to Pittsburgh. If there was a Neal Huntington checklist for relievers to take a chance on, Turnbow hits every tick:
- Lots of strikeouts (265 in 257 2/3 innings)
- Lots of walks (168 in the same span)
- Arm problems (partially torn labrum caused him to miss the end of 2008)