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Is Andrew McCutchen available via trade?

Posted on: November 28, 2011 7:53 pm

By Matt Snyder

Monday afternoon, Keith Law of reported that the Pirates front office was willing to listen to potential trade offers for star outfielder Andrew McCutchen. Understandably, Pirates fans -- who have been beaten down through nearly two decades of futility -- were none too happy. McCutchen is only 25 and already the face of the franchise. He's not a free agent until 2016. Sure, the Pirates could probably land a veritable killing of prospects if they traded him, but they've been trading name players for prospects for years. At some point you have to try and win. That's why the next paragraph should help the Pirates fans breathe a bit easier ...

The Pirates have not considered any offer for McCutchen, nor do they plan to, tweets Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, citing a "high-ranking" Pirates source. Kovacevic adds, for good measure, that McCutchen is "going nowhere."

So believe what you wish, but I'm inclined to side with the latter report. It would be an utter P.R. disaster for the Pirates to deal McCutchen right now.

McCutchen made his first All-Star team in 2011, hitting .259/.364/.456 with 23 homers, 89 RBI, 87 runs, 34 doubles and 23 stolen bases while playing sound defense in center field.

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Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 2:30 pm

Is Andrew McCutchen available via trade?

What people don't understand about situations like this, is that if you have good system, trading guys like McCutchen can pay off.  The here is if you have a good system, i.e. the right people in all the spots.  If you don't have all the right people, you will never draft and develop the right players and upgrade the overall talent level of your organization.  The Rockies appeared to be headed that way in the late 2000's but now, things are looking a little shaky. 

If you don't have a good system, its like one post said, its an endless cycle of trying to find yourself.  I don't know who the GM is for the organization, he may not be worth his salt.

Since: Nov 13, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2011 1:31 pm

Is Andrew McCutchen available via trade?

Why does everyone immediately bash the Pirates? Of course the Pirates trade players for prospects, but what options do they have? Keep McCutchen, and eventually pay a single player a third of their payroll?

The Pirates have no intention of trading him, but they have to listen to offers. Other commenters all say win now, but to be blunt, you are being quite stupid. Look at the Pirates lineup and rotation. You think they will be contending this year? Next year? No. And each year they lose, they lose a year of McCutchen's value.

The Pirates need to make a run for it pretty soon, but it will be a few years before they have serious playoff potential. If I'm Pittsburgh's GM, I listen to any offer for any player. If it will make them better in 2015, do it. Fan support is important and losing McCutchen would hurt their PR, no doubt. However, a division title and playoff run would do more for the Pirates than anything else.

Since: Nov 29, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 10:54 am
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Since: Jun 16, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 9:44 am

Is Andrew McCutchen available via trade?

Trade McCutchen?  For what, a bunch of great prospects to wait on only to trade them once they blossom and continue being the MLBs farm team?  How long are the fans gonna wait for a team that can compete?  The only ones who would win here are Cutch & the team that gets him.

Since: Jul 18, 2009
Posted on: November 28, 2011 10:45 pm

Is Andrew McCutchen available via trade?

I give you credit ITWASNTPINETAR....You came up with a great and credible offer in trying to get an all star.. Great post

Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: November 28, 2011 10:34 pm

Is Andrew McCutchen available via trade?

Austin Jackson, Andy Oliver, Ryan Perry or Daniel Schlereth, and another pitching prospect not named Turner or Smyly.  I'd be happy if the Tigers could swing that deal!

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