MLB Rumors: Yankees getting Andrew McCutchen from Pirates for Luis Severino and Jorge Mateo?

MLB Rumors: Yankees getting Andrew McCutchen from Pirates for Luis Severino and Jorge Mateo?

Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates is rumored to be getting traded this offseason as the team wants to make room for top prospect Austin Meadows. The latest MLB rumors suggest that the New York Yankees may try to acquire McCutchen but they have to part ways with some of their top prospects.

Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review first reported earlier this month that the Pirates are looking to unload “Cutch” this winter. The 29-year-old had a down year this season but he is still considered as one of the best outfielders in baseball.

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One American League scout told Biertempfel that the Pirates will likely trade Andrew McCutchen in exchange for a couple of top prospects. One possible destination for the 2013 NL MVP is the Big Apple where the Yankees have a bunch of prospects that can convince Pittsburgh to part ways with their best player.

According to Evan Halpine-Berger of Yanks Go Yard, the Yankees already have Clint Frazier as the future top outfielder of the team. However, there is no guarantee that he will live up to his potential so the Yankees might make a deal to get McCutchen.

“The team may be willing to surrender a package headed by Luis Severino and Jorge Mateo after disappointing seasons. It may sound like a lot, but consider how much the Cubs had to give up for two-plus months of Aroldis Chapman,” Halpine-Berger opined.

Severino was considered by many scouts as the Yankees’ top prospect but he had a disappointing season. On the other hand, Mateo is the team’s top shortstop prospect and he is ranked third in the team’s farm system.

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Nevertheless, it should be noted that these are just MLB rumors and should be taken with a grain of salt. But expect the Yankees to be linked with Andrew McCutchen as the offseason draws closer and the winter meetings just a couple of months away.

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  • NYBamBam

    Great as McCutchen is, the Yankees do not need another outfielder. Even if they traded Gardner and Ellsbury away, they still have more outfielders than they need. And if this is a youth movement, the Yankees should play the kids until 3 of them claim the starting jobs or blow all opportunities away.

    Better to spend their attention upgrading 3rd base or – more importantly – upgrading the starting rotation. Let’s see what the rookies can do, before we sell the farm for another aging superstar.