Pirates eager to put another dismal season behind

Eager to put another dismal season behind them, the Pittsburgh

Pirates have wasted no time in getting started in spring

training.

All 62 players had reported to camp by Friday, a day before the

deadline, and the team assembled Saturday morning for a talk with

president Frank Coonelly and general manager Neal Huntington before

beginning the first official full-squad practices.

Manager Clint Hurdle was hired in November to turn around a team

that lost 105 games last season and has finished last in the NL

Central the past four years.

The Pirates were minor players this past offseason in the

free-agent market.

They tried to shore up one of the league’s worst starting

rotations by signing right-hander Kevin Correia to a two-year, $8

million contract.