Analysis

First Pitch: How Much Would a McCutchen Extension Cost This Year?

First Pitch: How Much Would a McCutchen Extension Cost This Year?

During the opening weeks of Spring Training, the Pittsburgh Pirates made one of the best moves, if not the best move, we've seen from this management group. I'm not talking about the deal that brought A.J. Burnett to Pittsburgh in the first week of camp. I'm talking about the extension given to Andrew McCutchen.

Can you imagine if McCutchen would have put up the season we're seeing now, without an extension? McCutchen signed for six years and $51.5 M guaranteed, with an option year that could make the total value of the contract worth $65 M over seven years, or an average of just over $9 M a year. And that number is looking like a steal as McCutchen makes a strong MVP campaign in his third full season in the majors.

So how much would his extension have been had the Pirates waited one mor...

This content is for Pirates Prospects subscribers only. Subscribers get access to all of our daily articles on the Pirates and their minor league system, with live coverage throughout the system on a daily basis. Our lowest rates are $2.22 per month under our Top Prospect Plan, which also gets you a FREE copy of the 2016 Prospect Guide. We also have a promotion with DraftKings where you can get a FREE one-year subscription to the site by signing up as a new DraftKings customer and making a $5 minimum deposit.  Subscribe today to access all of our daily coverage of the Pirates' system.

If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail tim@piratesprospects.com.

Analysis

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

More in Analysis

(Photo Credit: David Hague)

What the Pirates Pitching Prospects Can Learn From the Jake Arrieta Renaissance

James SantelliMay 4, 2016
Jameson Taillon Scott Mitchell

Top Performers: Glasnow, Taillon, Joe, Polo, Brault, Kuhl, Garcia, Waddell

Tim WilliamsMay 3, 2016
Ke'Bryan Hayes TW 43016

How Ke’Bryan Hayes Benefits From Growing Up in a Family of Baseball Players

Tim WilliamsMay 3, 2016
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

Pirates Lose First 2016 Matchup Against Cubs, 7-2

James SantelliMay 2, 2016
Brandon Waddell, who was taken in the fifth round of the 2015 draft.

Brandon Waddell is the Pirates Prospects Pitcher of the Month for April

Tim WilliamsMay 2, 2016
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

Josh Bell is the Pirates Prospects Player of the Month for April

Tim WilliamsMay 2, 2016

Pirates Prospects is an independent media outlet, and is in no way affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates, their minor league affiliates, Major League Baseball, or Minor League Baseball.

Copyright © 2015 Pirates Prospects