Pirates and Andrew McCutchen Agree to Six Year Deal

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.

More on this story in the morning as details develop.

UPDATE 2:07 PM: Rob Biertempfel has the breakdown of the deal. The Pirates will pay McCutchen $500 K in 2012, plus a $1.25 M signing bonus. He’ll get $4.5 M in 2013, $7.25 M in 2014, $10 M in 2015, $13 M in 2016, $14 M in 2017, and a $14.75 M option in 2018 with a $1 M buyout.

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  • PirateInTheBay707

    This is huge.

  • http://twitter.com/TachoBill Tacho Bill


  • dcProject

    Great news!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Smith/661881564 Bob Smith

    This is awesome.  Dont take this as a complaint, becasue this is only a question becasue I know it never happens this way.  Why dont the bucs frontload or even out the deal so he makes 9.2 million a year.  i know no teams ever do this, but my thought is while the bucs have so much payroll room pay him more now and less later so they have more money to build around him.  Again just a question and I know that no teams ever do this.

    • http://www.piratesprospects.com Tim Williams

      There’s a variety of reasons. Such a deal could cause problems with the player down the line. In year six he could be making $1 M while his teammates are making more, and the player could become disgruntled because he is “under-paid” (forgetting that he was over-paid in the earlier years). This kind of stuff has happened in the NFL.

      The union probably wouldn’t like such a deal, since it distorts common contracts. They’d rather be able to say “Andrew McCutchen got a $14.75 M option at the age of 31, so we’ll use that as a starting point for Player A who is a similar player.”

      There’s other potential reasons. A player signing a long term deal probably would want to stick around with that team. Having a bigger contract in the later years makes it harder to deal that player away.

      Honestly, the Pirates don’t really need the flexibility. By the time the heavy lifting of McCutchen’s deal starts, the Pirates will be getting league minimum production from guys like Cole, Taillon, etc.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/JM25APDCPL5UXIFUFBUEUVUSVI Thom

        I’ve wondered the same thing. Thanks Tim, this is really helpful. And thanks for making it clear to Pirate Nation in previous why this is a good contract!

      • maguro

        I would think the club would always prefer to backload deals, since a dollar today is worth more than a dollar next year or five years down the road.

  • john.alcorn

    Fantastic news, even getting a 7th year is amazing! Gotta give it to NH, this was priority #1 this offseason and its done!

  • Arriba21

    Great news.  Walker should be next.

  • F Lang

    Incredible news! This sets up a Cutch, Tabata, Marte OF for years to come. …and having Presley also with Hernandez, Grossman, and Bell on their way this gives us a package of OF’s with tools like we haven’t had since the Bonds, Bonilla, Van Slyke days.

  • joegoodman29

    To quote Willie Mays Hayes,  “Yes, Yes, Yes.”

  • solonslo

    …and thanks to Dave Littlefield…who drafted him.

    • Kevin_Creagh

      Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while.

      • http://twitter.com/jlease717 John Lease

         Like Pedro Alvarez?

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6KEYHS3XWH74U3LRIHGWL7XPBA Nate

          Pedro likes to eat nuts.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1483937936 Alicia Rothermund

            ….so does your mom

            • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1483937936 Alicia Rothermund

               …so I’m told

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6KEYHS3XWH74U3LRIHGWL7XPBA Nate

      Nice work, Dave.

  • piratemike

    Thank gawd I don’t have to read another post about the Pirates extending McCutchen anymore. Only problem now is listening to the Walker posts …..like the previous one in this thread.

  • duckwoes

    This is very good news for fans of the Buccos!!  Wasn’t sure we would see it come to fruition, but I am delighted that Cutch will be here long term.  Maybe there is light at the end of the losing tunnel!?! 

  • http://twitter.com/yovanovich Jay Yovanovich

    Great job Neal (signed, your biggest critic)

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AGRPLJJRC5GNBYXDY6LHF2U6DU white angus


  • BondstheGOAT

    I def didnt see this getting done. I became a little more positvie recently with Cutchs bucconation gungho attitude lately though. Great sign. Whos next after Walker? Id like to see McDonald get a deal covering arb and maybe 1. Morton too if hes healthy. Those guys dont have a lot of leverage.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AGRPLJJRC5GNBYXDY6LHF2U6DU white angus

      makes sense to me.  depends on guys like Lincoln, Locke, Owens, McPherson though.  dont want to tie up some guys then have trouble trading them/overpaying

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6KEYHS3XWH74U3LRIHGWL7XPBA Nate

    Congrats to Andrew.  Let’s see an +.850 OPS, with an improved arm in CF.

  • James S

    I wouldn’t sign anybody else long term. Let me see Walker put up a good year of numbers first before they lock him in. I like Neil Walker, don’t get me wrong.