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GM: Trade not financially motivated

Updated: June 8, 2009, 9:18 AM ET
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The Pirates' trade of All-Star outfielder Nate McLouth had some players on the team and fans in Pittsburgh scratching their heads. General manager Neal Huntington tried to explain his rationale for the deal in an e-mail to Pirates season-ticket holders.

Huntington made it clear in the letter that the trade, in which Pittsburgh received three prospects from the Atlanta Braves, wasn't financially motivated.

"I understand why some people, at first glance, may believe this move ...

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