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The Market for McCutchen is Set

The Market for McCutchen is Set

The Reds extended Jay Bruce, which could help set the value of McCutchen.

I've talked a lot about Andrew McCutchen this off-season, both in terms of the possibility that he could be a Super Two player following the 2011 season, as well as what it could cost to extend him and buy out some free agent years.  So far, the Pirates haven't contacted McCutchen about an extension, although the market for his extension may be set.

Last night the Cincinnati Reds reached an extension with outfielder Jay Bruce, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.  Bruce, who was Super Two eligible this off-season, signed for six years and $51 M guaranteed, which buys out all four arbitration years, plus two free agent years.  The deal also has an option for a seventh year at $13 M, with a $1 M buyout.

Bruce and McCutchen have been compared a lot in Pittsburgh.  The Pirates drafted McCutchen in 2005 one pick before the Reds drafted Bruce.  The Reds called Bruce up in 2008, which led to disappointment over...

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