Keith Law of ESPN hears that the Pittsburgh Pirates don't consider Andrew McCutchen untouchable, and would listen to offers for the center fielder. McCutchen just finished his second full season in the majors, hitting for a .259/.364/.456 line with 23 homers in 572 at-bats. He's currently the only impact player on the Pirates' roster, and is easily their best offensive performer.
This shouldn't really be a surprise. The Pirates should listen to offers on any player, whether that's their best player in the majors, their best prospect in the minors, or any player who is rumored to be on the trade block in a given year. There's a big gap between "willing to listen on a player" and "actively shopping a player", so I wouldn't take this as a sign that McCutchen will be dealt anytime soon.
Back in July I looked at McCutchen's trade value and saw that it would essentially be impossible to trade him, since the return would be bigger than any team could afford. The Pirates could get f...
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