The Andrew McCutchen saga has been the most bizarre part of the baseball offseason thus far.
Trade rumors have swirled around the 2013 MVP for a while now, but it doesn’t look like there are any suitors. Why, you ask? Well, McCutchen is coming off a down 2016 season in which he had a career-low OPS of .766, plus he statistically was the worst center fielder in baseball. When you choose to put a guy on the trading block after the worst season of his career, this is what happens. No team wants to give up the farm for a player whose value has plummeted.
McCutchen, who turned 30 in October, had been an All-Star each year dating back to 2011. He has undoubtedly been the face of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise, and it’s looking more and more like he’ll be wearing the black and yellow for at least one more season.
“Our intent coming in here was to have Andrew McCutchen be in our lineup going forward,” Pirates general manager Neal Huntington told reporters according to ESPN. “No one changed that. It’s unlikely someone changes that going forward. We’re not going to close the door, but we’re not going to be making calls.”
Who knows? Maybe failing to trade McCutchen is a blessing in disguise for the Pirates. It’d be foolish to think a guy who was in the MVP race from 2012 to 2015 couldn’t have a bounce-back year. If he does, obviously his stock rises and Pittsburgh might finally be able to get the big haul they’ve been asking for this offseason. That’s the best case scenario for now.