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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 more year? Here's an incredibly simplistic forecast, using his WAR, his value, and the figures we have from his current deal. It's probably not going to be extremely accurate, but it should give us an id...

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