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UPDATE: Pirates haven’t entertained offers for Andrew McCutchen

Nov 28, 2011, 8:22 PM EDT

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UPDATE: That was fun while it lasted. According to Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, a high-ranking team official said the Pirates have not entertained trade offers for McCutchen and have no intention of doing so.

6:50 PM: Andrew McCutchen, who made his first All-Star team before slipping in the second half of last season, is potentially available in trade talks, a source told ESPN’s Keith Law.

McCutchen just turned 25 in October and is four years away from free agency, so there’s certainly no pressure for the Pirates to move him now. It should also be noted that Law’s report doesn’t indicate that the Pirates are shopping him, just that they’d listen to offers.

Even that idea, though, would have seemed far fetched a few months ago. One factor influencing the Pirates here is that they’ve tried and failed a couple of times to lock up McCutchen to a long-term deal. Also, McCutchen’s overall lack of growth since he entered the league is somewhat disturbing. While McCutchen has added power, he’s no better of a player now than he was in a rookie. His strikeout rate took a big jump last season (from 89 strikeouts in 653 plate appearances in 2010 to 126 in 678 plate appearances), and he hasn’t proven to be much better than an average defensive center fielder.

It’s still doubtful the Pirates would trade him, but if someone is willing to make a big offer, they might bite. Washington would seem like an obvious candidate there. If the Nationals would start with right-hander Jordan Zimmermann and add a couple of prospects, that’d be a pretty attractive proposal.

  1. lyon810 - Nov 28, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    Cutch bares a solid resemblance to Omar Little

    • paperlions - Nov 28, 2011 at 8:18 PM

      He must, in some way, because I thought the same thing when I saw that pic….but then, I’ve been re-watching The Wire lately.

      • lyon810 - Nov 28, 2011 at 9:52 PM

        Everyone who’s given these Wire related comments a thumbs down clearly have poor taste in television

      • purnellmeagrejr - Nov 29, 2011 at 6:31 AM

        “poor taste in television” so early in the day and I left with a paradox to ponder …

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 29, 2011 at 4:49 PM

        “I’m straight up gangsta, and I always keep one in the chamber, in case you ponderin'”

    • Alex K - Nov 29, 2011 at 9:05 AM

      I actually don’t see it. Other than them both being thin, dark complected, black men I don’t think they look anything alike.

  2. drmonkeyarmy - Nov 28, 2011 at 6:55 PM

    I’m not sure I would trade Jordan Zimmerman and prospects for McCutchen. I think Zimmerman is going to be a stud….a solid number 2.

  3. Stiller43 - Nov 28, 2011 at 7:10 PM

    The pirates make it crazy hard to root for them. They dont spend money on legitimate talent, and when they magically get an all star, they trade him. Wtf

    • seattlej - Nov 28, 2011 at 8:00 PM

      Don’t get too worked up, bud. It hasn’t happened yet… and much like the Dbacks last offseason, they might be asking for the moon and the stars in return…

  4. Ari Collins - Nov 28, 2011 at 7:14 PM

    I’ll take two, please.

  5. CJ - Nov 28, 2011 at 7:17 PM

    Hey, Ed. Sorry you got found out in Houston, we’ll try to be more discreet this time. Your next assignment is in Pittsburgh. Please get there as soon as you can. As always, we’ll wire your “bonus” to the usual offshore account.

    Sincerely,
    RAJ

    • Chris K - Nov 28, 2011 at 7:43 PM

      Amazing

  6. sf49erguy - Nov 28, 2011 at 7:29 PM

    they figure they had a decent half of a season so the fans can wait another 20 yrs for another….I’m still pissed about trading nyjer Morgan now this..

  7. drunkenhooliganism - Nov 28, 2011 at 8:02 PM

    Unless they think he’s peaked and this is the best he’ll ever be, this is insanity. I think it’s still pretty crazy if this IS the best he’ll ever be. What are they gonna ask for in return? a guy that could be as good as McCutcheon? This is like the Phillies trading Lee because they want to improve their rotation.

  8. mvpolamalu - Nov 28, 2011 at 8:20 PM

    Sigh.., the hard life of a pirates fan

  9. mvpolamalu - Nov 28, 2011 at 8:21 PM

    Jordan zimmerman? We dont want that bum! Maybe if there is a BRYCE HARPER or a STEVEN STRASBURGH involved in the package

  10. hushbrother - Nov 28, 2011 at 10:03 PM

    I think it’s wrong to suggest that he hasn’t developed as a player, or that he’s not a good defensive center fielder. His increase in K’s and second-half slump could be attributed to trying too hard after the Bucs’ surprising first half; if he had maintained his first half level of play, it would have represented a big step toward stardom. As for his defense, maybe his numbers weren’t good this year, but players’ defensive numbers often vary from good to bad from season to season. The underlying skill seems to be there, its not like he put on weight, or projects to, and lose range as a result. Andrew seems like a good bet to play good enough defense in center the next several years.

    • florida76 - Nov 28, 2011 at 10:18 PM

      Agreed, Cutch is a fine defensive centerfielder with excellent range. Sometimes I wonder if anyone actually watches games anymore. 2011 featured a number of good to outstanding catches by # 22.

      As is too often the case, rumors gain a life of their own on the internet.

  11. crankyfrankie - Nov 28, 2011 at 10:59 PM

    The bad thing about GREAT catches is that they of times come from the fielder misjudging the ball or being out of position. He is easily the pirates best player but a team that is under .500 for the decade can not have untouchable players.

  12. foreverchipper10 - Nov 29, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    This dude is lightning fast. I saw him hit a gapper and he was already around second before anyone got to the ball. Fastest dude I have ever seen play live.

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