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Andrew McCutchen | Outfielder | #22

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (30) / 10/10/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 190
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 1 (11) / PIT
Contract: view contract details
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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Nationals are now going for Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen after missing out on Chris Sale.
The Nationals tried hard for Sale and were even willing to include Victor Robles and Lucas Giolito in a return package, but they drew the line on Trea Turner and the Red Sox ultimately topped them. McCutchen remains a strong fit for the Nationals, but it will be interesting to see if the club also considers alternative trade possibilities like Lorenzo Cain and Adam Eaton. It's worth noting that Robles was included in previous discussions related to McCutchen. Dec 6 - 3:23 PM

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Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Nationals have found the Pirates' asking price for Andrew McCutchen to be "too high."

Sherman adds that the Nats are currently more focused on the Chris Sale trade talks than those for McCutchen at this point. Of course, it could all be posturing at this point to see if they can get the Pirates to drop their asking price a bit. The Rangers and Dodgers are also reportedly talking to Pittsburgh about Cutch.
Dec 5 - 6:18 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers are "in frequent contact" with the Pirates about Andrew McCutchen.

Rosenthal says a deal is "possible, but not close" between the two clubs. McCutchen is drawing interest from a number of other contending teams, including the Dodgers and Nationals. He had a weak .256/.336/.430 batting line with Pittsburgh in 2016, but the 30-year-old outfielder earned top-five MVP votes every year between 2012-2015. He won the award in 2013.
Dec 5 - 1:50 PM

Andrew McCutchen is drawing trade interest from the Dodgers, per Jon Morosi of MLB Network.

A number of other MLB teams are checking in, namely the Nationals. McCutchen was a disappointment for the Pirates in 2016, slashing .256/.336/.430 with 24 home runs and six stolen bases, but he's a pretty good bounceback candidate for 2017. At least from an offensive standpoint. The 30-year-old center fielder has always been overrated as a defender.
Dec 5 - 11:13 AM

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Nationals are trying to acquire both Andrew McCutchen and Chris Sale and believed that they have the necessary prospects to do so.

Many had speculated that it would be a one or the other scenario, as it's hard to imagine the Nationals can land both superstars without parting with Trea Turner. It looks increasingly likely that McCutchen will be traded this winter, and there's a good chance that it happens at the winter meetings. The Rangers are also known to be in the hunt for the star center fielder.
Dec 4 - 9:05 PM

According to Jim Bowden of ESPN, the Pirates and Nationals are still working on a potential trade involving Andrew McCutchen.

The two sides are reportedly "working on a lot of different angles" and appear intent on getting a deal done. The superstar would be a tremendous fit in center field for the Nationals while allowing Trea Turner to shift back to shortstop. When there's this much smoke, there's usually fire, so look for the two sides to continue working until a deal gets consummated.
Dec 2 - 10:58 PM

MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports that the Nationals remain "in (the) lead" for Andrew McCutchen, although the Rangers are "also in contact" with the Pirates.

If McCutchen is traded to the Nationals there's a good chance it will happen on Friday, as the acquisition will affect what they do at the non-tender deadline. Cutch would take over in center field for the Nats, while Trea Turner would move to his natural position of shortstop and Danny Espinosa would be non-tendered. The Rangers are also looking for a center fielder, so they can't be ruled out as a serious contender for the former MVP.
Dec 2 - 8:59 AM

ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the Pirates and Nationals have "ramped up" discussions toward an Andrew McCutchen trade.

Stark hears the Nationals "would like to make this deal [Thursday]" -- before Friday's non-tender deadline -- because of the ripple effects it would create. There's talk of the Nationals sending top outfield prospect Victor Robles to Pittsburgh in return, along with a number of other pieces. Stark says the Pirates also want "controllable starting pitching." This thing could move quickly.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 1 - 12:15 PM

John Perrotto of FanRag Sports hears that there is an "80% chance" that the Pirates trade Andrew McCutchen by the end of the winter meetings.

The smoke surrounding a potential McCutchen trade thickened considerably on Wednesday, with FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reporting that the outfielder is potentially the "most likely to go" among all rumored trade candidates in the early going. The Pirates aren't just fielding calls, either, as Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan relayed (also on Wednesday) that the team is aggressively courting potential trade and reaching out themselves. The Nationals, Rangers and Mariners have been linked to McCutchen this month.
Nov 30 - 6:03 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Pirates continue to explore a potential trade involving Andrew McCutchen.

In fact, Rosenthal writes that of all the big names available in trade, McCutchen "might be the most likely to go." The 30-year-old is coming off a career-worst season at the plate and advanced metrics weren't kind to him in center field, but he's owed just $14 million next season with a 14.5 million club option for 2018, so plenty of teams figure to be willing to take a chance on a turnaround. The Pirates are obviously going to ask for a major haul to give up their franchise player and could decide to hang on to him if their asking price isn't met. Rosenthal hears that the Nationals remain interested and also mentions the Rangers as a potential trade partner. Both clubs have the chips to get a deal done.
Source: FOX Sports
Nov 30 - 1:09 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Mariners inquired on Pirates' outfielder Andrew McCutchen earlier this offseason, though talks did not advance.

The Mariners assuredly aren't alone in teams that have likely called the Pirates about their superstar outfielder who may be available via trade. The Pirates have also talked about shifting McCutchen to a corner outfield position after a year where defensive metrics indicate that he lost a step in center field. Until he dons a Pirates' uniform to start the season, expect there to be plenty of rumors and speculation swirling around McCutchen.
Nov 20 - 8:00 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney relays that the Pirates are considering moving Andrew McCutchen from center field to right field.

McCutchen vocally dismissed the possibility of shifting to a corner outfield position back in October, saying "I don't see myself needing to move. I don't feel like I'm slowing down and hurting my team because of where I play." Advanced metrics tagged the 30-year-old as taking a step back on the defensive end this past season. Should the Pirates decide to shift him in the outfield, Starling Marte would take over his old spot manning center, while Gregory Polanco would be utilized in left field.
Nov 9 - 10:55 PM

Andrew McCutchen doesn't think he should be moved to a corner outfield spot.

In addition to turning in a career-worst .255/.336/.430 batting line this season, McCutchen took another step back defensively according to advanced metrics. "I don't see myself needing to move. I don't feel like I'm slowing down and hurting my team because of where I play," said McCutchen. "Playing center field is one thing, but being a leader out there is another. That's something we need." The tweak could involve something as simple as positioning, but the Pirates also have the option of moving Starling Marte to center field. There's also been plenty of speculation about the Pirates potentially listening to offers on McCutchen, though this might not be the best time to deal him.
Oct 5 - 9:19 AM

Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review writes that "there is a growing sense among industry insiders" that the Pirates will trade Andrew McCutchen before he reaches free agency.

McCutchen is under contract for $14 million next season and the club has a $14.75 million option on him for 2018. Biertempfel adds that general manager Neal Huntington "likely will quietly shop" McCutchen during the offseason, "if only to gauge the level of interest." McCutchen will turn 30 later this month, has declined rapidly defensively and is sporting a career-worst .255/.336/.430 batting line this season, so it remains to be seen whether the Pirates would be able to get an enticing enough package for the former MVP. However, there would surely be some interested parties should the club decide to field offers.
Oct 2 - 9:40 AM

Andrew McCutchen is not in the Pirates starting lineup against the Cardinals on Saturday.

It looks to be just a routine day off for McCutchen. Expect to see him back in there for Sunday's season finale. Adam Frazier is starting in left field on Saturday while Josh Ball mans right field for the Pirates.
Oct 1 - 10:58 AM