Pirates plan to extend Hurdle's contract

BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Pirates plan to extend manager Clint Hurdle's contract through 2014 with a club option for 2015, a baseball source said Monday.

Hurdle is in the final year of a three-year contract this season. He had a club option for 2014.

Though not speaking directly about the extension, Hurdle said he and the Pirates had "early conversations."

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Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton talks to the media from the Pirates' spring training camp in Bradenton, Fla. (Video by Peter Diana; 2/1182013)

"I'm not too far ahead of myself right now," he said. "I'm humbled that we're having the conversation."

The deal is expected to be announced later this week. Pirates chairman Bob Nutting will be in Bradenton Wednesday for an event celebrating improvements at McKechnie Field, the team's spring training and Class A stadium.

The Pirates hired Hurdle, 54, in November 2010. The Pirates have improved by 22 wins in the past two seasons, but have also tumbled from contention in the second half of each of the past two seasons.

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Bill Brink: bbrink@post-gazette.com and on Twitter @BrinkPG. First Published February 18, 2013 7:15 PM


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