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Pirates Hire Larry Corrigan as Special Assistant to GM

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The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the Pirates have hired Twins executive Larry Corrigan as special assistant to the GM. Aaron Gleeman thinks Corrigan was actually hired a couple days ago. No Pittsburgh papers have picked up on it yet, and I'm not really sure why.

If this has actually happened, this looks like a great hire. Corrigan's an experienced guy who worked closely with Twins GM Terry Ryan and should have some idea how to build a farm system. He was the Twins' scouting director in 1992 and 1993. The 1992 draft wasn't so hot, but in '93 the Twins picked Torii Hunter, Jason Varitek, Alex Cora, Javier Valentin, Dan Kolb, Emil Brown and Lance Carter, which is a hell of a haul, even though they didn't sign several of those guys. Corrigan was with the Twins in the mid-to-late-90s, when they drafted and developed most of the core of their division-winning teams, but I'm not sure what he was doing between 1994 and 1997. In '98 he became the Twins' minor-league field coordinator. Corrigan has been the special assistant to the GM in Minnesota since 2000, and it seems he's been mostly doing scouting at the major league level.