The Pittsburgh Pirates had their first losing season since 2012 this year while star outfielder Andrew McCutchen also had a down season. The latest MLB rumors imply that the Pirates will trade McCutchen this winter and the Seattle Mariners are a likely destination.
According to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Pirates are looking to unload “Cutch” in the offseason. The 29-year-old outfielder is set to become a free agent in next year if the team does not pick up his $14.75 million option at the end of the 2017 season.
One of the possible teams that can make a trade for Andrew McCutchen is the Seattle Mariners, per Ryan Devault of The Inquisitr. The Mariners almost made it into the 2016 Postseason but they came up short and the most glaring weakness they have is their leadoff spot.
“Having someone like Andrew McCutchen hitting in front of Robinson Cano could certainly give the team a huge boost on offense. Putting McCutchen in the outfield would also help improve the team on defense, which is an area where the Mariners struggled,” Devault noted.
The only problem for any trade to happen is gauging the value of the 2013 NL MVP. He had a down year for the Pirates this offseason but he is still on considered as one of the best players in baseball. One AL scout told Biertempfel that McCutchen will likely go for a couple of top prospects and several other young players.
In a recent interview with the Ellwood City Ledger, Andrew McCutchen is not worried about the MLB rumors this upcoming offseason. He is just looking to get ready for next year and help the team as much as he can.
“My mindset is just to do my job and get myself in the best shape I can get myself in for next year. That’s all out of my control. All I can do is be myself and work hard and go from there,” McCutchen said regarding the trade rumors.
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