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Pirates Owner Nutting Discusses Club's Culture Change, Improving Free-Agent Appeal

Nutting says changing the perception of the Pirates is "a constant process"
Pirates Owner Bob Nutting appeared on Pittsburgh-based KDKA-FM to discuss the future of the team after the organization's first playoff appearance since '92. Nutting said it was "premature to have a discussion" about the future of GM Neal Huntington, who is under contract for next year with a club option in '15, but the "feeling inside and outside the organization is very positive and very strong." Nutting said of possibly raising payroll going forward, "What we've seen the last several years as we've been able to focus at the Major League level without losing focus on our development system, without mortgaging the future, we've been able to increase our commitment to Major League payroll. I certainly would like to see that continue as we move forward, and it's far too early in the process either for us internally to pick a number and certainly not one we're going to talk about at this point. But that progression over time is something I'd like to see continue." He added the organization is "on the right side of that hurdle" in terms of players seeing Pittsburgh as a place they want to play as opposed to prior years, but "it's a constant process." Nutting: "There's a perception in baseball that we're an organization deeply committed to excellence and to success and (we're) beginning to show that on the field, and we need to do more of that. I think all of those cultural pieces will make it more attractive for someone to come to Pittsburgh. People love to be part of a successful organization. I've seen that success building" (KDKA-FM, 10/15).
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