Andrew McCutchen Trade Rumors: Latest News, Speculation on Pirates Star

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured Columnist

ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 2: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates misplays a fly ball against the St. Louis Cardinals in the third inning at Busch Stadium on October 2, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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With the Pittsburgh Pirates facing an uncertain future after a disappointing 2016 season, there is now a possibility that Andrew McCutchen will be traded.

Continue for updates.

Blue Jays Interested in McCutchen

Tuesday, Dec. 27

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported Toronto's interest is "nothing serious."

Mystery Team Pitched Offer for McCutchen

Tuesday, Dec. 13

Heyman reported the Pirates received a nice offer for McCutchen that included several prospects from a "mystery team," but they turned it down since they were seeking "MLB-now or MLB-ready players." 

McCutchen Comments on Trade Rumors

Saturday, Dec. 10

"I want to be a Pirate. I want to retire a Pirate. That hasn't changed," McCutchen said, noting the last week was not easy for him, per Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. McCutchen indicated he was surprised he was not traded, considering all the reports, per Nesbitt.

McCutchen Expected to Remain with Pirates 

Thursday, Dec. 8

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington told reporters the organization has always intended to keep McCutchen, and "it's unlikely that someone changes that," according to MLB.com's Adam Berry.

On Dec. 7, Heyman first reported that the Pirates had a potential trade in place that would have sent McCutchen to the Washington Nationals. However, Heyman added that the star outfielder will appear at PirateFest this weekend, and the expectation is he will not be dealt.

A move from center field to left or right field will be discussed, though.

Nationals in Talks for McCutchen

Wednesday, Dec. 7

Heyman reported the Pirates asked for pitching prospect Lucas Giolito as the "main piece" of a McCutchen deal with the Nationals but haven't "insisted" on minor league outfielder Victor Robles as part of a potential package.

However, Heyman later reported Giolito was sent to the Chicago White Sox in a deal for center fielder Adam Eaton.

On Dec. 3, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported the Nationals remained in talks with the Pirates regarding McCutchen.

Rosenthal also reported on Dec. 1 that the Pirates were "targeting" Robles in talks. Rosenthal added the Nationals have several starting pitching prospects who are almost ready for the majors and that the Pirates would presumably want one of those pitchers in addition to Robles.

Nesbitt reported on Dec. 2 the Pirates were "breaking down video of Nats prospects."

On Nov. 30, Rosenthal reported the Pirates were still exploring potential deals involving McCutchen and that the Nationals were among the clubs showing interest.

Rosenthal reported earlier this month the two teams discussed a blockbuster deal at the trade deadline in July that would have sent McCutchen to Washington, but it fell apart because of the vast number of moving parts. 

Rangers Reportedly Enter McCutchen Sweepstakes

Monday, Dec. 5

Rosenthal reported the Texas Rangers have been in "frequent contact" with the Pirates regarding McCutchen, adding a deal is "possible, but not close."

Dodgers Have Interest in Potential McCutchen Deal

Monday, Dec. 5

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported the Los Angeles Dodgers have "shown recent interest" in landing McCutchen.

Pirates Exploring McCutchen Deal

Saturday, Dec. 3

A member of the Pirates organization said the team "doesn't feel compelled to move McCutchen if the price isn't right," per Heyman.

On Nov. 30, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports noted that McCutchen's likelihood of playing in Pittsburgh next season is "dwindling." Passan also reported the Pirates have been the aggressors in the McCutchen trade talks.

McCutchen Coming Off Down Year in 2016

McCutchen is a strong buy-low trade candidate this offseason. He is coming off the worst year of his career, with a .256/.336/.430 slash line and the lowest FanGraphs WAR (0.7) among all center fielders who qualified for the batting title.

Now that he's 30 years old and likely not a viable option in center anymore after putting up an MLB-worst minus-28 defensive runs saved in 2016, his $14 million salary is an albatross for the small-market Pirates.

McCutchen has been a fantastic ambassador for the Pirates and Major League Baseball since he debuted in 2009, but the team has to focus on its long-term outlook.


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