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Pirates Give Contract Extensions to Hurdle, Huntington

Paul Spinelli/ MLB Photos via Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates extended the contracts of skipper Clint Hurdle and general manager Neal Huntington on Saturday.

The new deals keep the tandem in Pittsburgh through at least the 2017 season. The Pirates also have a club option on both Hurdle and Huntington for 2018.

Hurdle led the Pirates to the playoffs for the first time since 1992 last season. He was also named the 2013 National League Manager of the Year.

"I think we have a very solid team in place and they deserve the recognition," owner Bob Nutting said. "I think great organizations are stable organizations. Again, never static and never on autopilot ... (but) I'm proud of the culture and the tone that the current team has."

Huntington has been with the franchise since 2007 and Hurdle joined the club before the 2011 season. Both were in the final year of their contracts.

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