"The best answer that I can give you is that we haven't spent a ton of time identifying who it's going to be," Huntington said when asked about the evaluation process. "In talking with [manager] Clint [Hurdle] and with [pitching coach] Ray [Searage], in a perfect role, we'd probably identify one. That's still not 100 percent."
Even if the Pirates don't officially name a closer before the start of camp, the decision will not hinge on Spring Training performances.
"To put a closer role up for grabs in Spring Training is just not something we're going to do," Huntington said. "It's impossible to evenly match Spring Training competition among pitchers."