BRADENTON, Fla. --According to the Post-Gazette the Pittsburgh Pirates and Andrew McCutchen have agreed to a six-year deal worth $51.5 million with a club option for $14.75 million. The contract buys out at least the first two years of free agency and will keep him in a Pirates uniform at least through the 2017 season.
Per Rob Biertempfel of the Trib Review, the breakdown of McCutchen's contract is as follows: 2012 - $500 K, plus $1.25 M signing bonus; 2013 - $4.5 M; 2014 - $7.25 M; 2015 - $10 M; 2016 $13 M; 2017 $14 M; Option for $14.75 M or $1 M buyout for the 2018 season.
McCutchen, 25, is the second of the Pirates core players that have signed a long-term deal. Last August, outfielder Jose Tabata signed a six-year extension for $15 M which included three club options.
Just last week, Bob Nutting, the Pirates Chairman of the Board, discussed wanting to lock up core players such as McCutchen as they enter their arbitration years.