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MLB Rumors: Seattle Mariners & Pittsburgh Pirates Discussing an Andrew McCutchen Trade

MLB Rumors: Seattle Mariners & Pittsburgh Pirates Discussing an Andrew McCutchen Trade

McCutchen wasn't the only key player on the Pirates to underperform. The Mariners could use some more balance in their lineup when it comes to adding righty hitters, which makes the 30-year-old McCutchen, a major leaguer since 2009 (all in Pittsburgh), a smart addition, considering it won't cost them too much to land him.

Dipoto might inquire about McCutchen again at the Winter Meetings, but a deal between the Mariners and Pirates doesn't make much sense from a roster construction standpoint. The former Gold Glover's defense has declined over the past couple seasons and the team sees no reason for McCutchen to take Martin's spot in center field. He hit .256/.336/.430 with 24 home runs and 79 RBIs and is owed $14 million in 2017 and has a team option of $14.75 million in 2018, with a $1 million buyout. His 103 OPS+ and -0.7 WAR were each career-worsts.

McCutchen has enjoyed a terrific eight-year career in Pittsburgh, piling up 40.9 wins above replacement and a lifetime 139 wRC+ to lead the Pirates to their best period of sustained success in two decades.

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The Pirates could get a nice package from whoever made a decision to deal for McCutchen. It is also very possible that a given team could sign him to an extension if they were to acquire him.

Whether it is the Mariners or any other team, McCutchen seems more likely to be traded this offseason than not. Giving up a beloved franchise cornerstone would be hard, but the Pirates would get a huge return in a weak free agent market.


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