The Pirates are discussing an extension with McCutchen.
The Pittsburgh Pirates and center fielder Andrew McCutchen are discussing a contract extension, according to Dejan Kovacevic. Kovacevic mentions that it wasn't clear when the two sides started negotiating, and that neither side would comment on the negotiations.
Overall this shouldn't be a huge issue, and shouldn't really mean anything. However, the impatient desire to have the Pirates lock up one of their young players has elevated this situation to a higher status than it should have. Ever since McCutchen arrived in the majors, there have been calls to extend him in a long term deal, similar to what Evan Longoria and Ryan Braun received. I won't claim that I wasn't among those who would have liked to have seen this happen. However, a little perspective was needed.
First of all, the extensions signed by Longoria (a week in to his pro career) and Braun (a year in to his pro career) are extremely rare. Players usuall...
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