Comments on: Andrew McCutchen Has the Second Most Team Friendly Deal in Baseball http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/08/andrew-mccutchen-has-the-second-most-team-friendly-deal-in-baseball.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:23:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 By: Tim Williams http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/08/andrew-mccutchen-has-the-second-most-team-friendly-deal-in-baseball.html#comment-18895 Mon, 06 Aug 2012 20:56:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=38608#comment-18895 I could see McCutchen leaving, unless he wanted to take a big discount to stay in Pittsburgh. I could see him being worth $20+ M a year when he’s eligible for free agency, and I don’t think the Pirates will ever be able to afford that type of player.

It might not be the worst thing if he left at that time. I think it’s likely the Pirates will develop some other outfielders between now and the end of the 2018 season. Plus, I’d rather not see them get tied up to a player who is going to be starting the downside of his career. That type of move usually doesn’t turn out well, especially not for small market teams.
But a lot of time between now and then. By comparison, six years ago McCutchen was hitting for a .291/.356/.446 line in low-A, before making the aggressive jump to Double-A at the end of the year.

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By: Lee Young http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/08/andrew-mccutchen-has-the-second-most-team-friendly-deal-in-baseball.html#comment-18893 Mon, 06 Aug 2012 20:43:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=38608#comment-18893 same age as Walker below….sign Cutch and not Walker? Neither? Both? Gonna be interesting in a few years…. Hopefully it’ll be after back to back to back to back divisional titles.:)

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By: Lee Young http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/08/andrew-mccutchen-has-the-second-most-team-friendly-deal-in-baseball.html#comment-18892 Mon, 06 Aug 2012 20:42:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=38608#comment-18892 Didn’t realize that, but now I remember you discussing that.

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By: Tim Williams http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/08/andrew-mccutchen-has-the-second-most-team-friendly-deal-in-baseball.html#comment-18891 Mon, 06 Aug 2012 20:34:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=38608#comment-18891 McCutchen will be 31 in his final year. By comparison, that’s the same age as Albert Pujols when he hit free agency. So there would still be a chance for McCutchen to get a big payday through free agency.

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By: Tim Williams http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/08/andrew-mccutchen-has-the-second-most-team-friendly-deal-in-baseball.html#comment-18890 Mon, 06 Aug 2012 20:32:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=38608#comment-18890 I don’t think there’s any point to extending Walker. He’s under team control through 2016 and will be 31 in his final season. If you extend him, you’re paying him for ages 32-33 and more.

I think they’ve got plenty of time between now and then to find a replacement for him.

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By: F Lang http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/08/andrew-mccutchen-has-the-second-most-team-friendly-deal-in-baseball.html#comment-18888 Mon, 06 Aug 2012 19:54:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=38608#comment-18888 As a Pirate fan I thank Cutch for putting the greed aside. He won’t be worth 100′s of millions when he leaves the Pirates but he has the respect of some of the greatest fans in sports. He will be legendary in status like a Maz, Clemente, Bradshaw, Lambert, or Lemieux if he keeps doing what he is doing. 63 mil isn’t much if these numbers would continue but he is not going to hit .360 every year. I feel like he is Matt Kemp’s equal though and he is extremely marketable. Don’t worry Cutch, you will make plenty in endorsements also. I think the Walker deal will get done in the offseason. It would not make sense for him to be anywhere else and we have no secondbaseman even close to challenging him in the system.

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By: Lee Young http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/08/andrew-mccutchen-has-the-second-most-team-friendly-deal-in-baseball.html#comment-18887 Mon, 06 Aug 2012 19:21:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=38608#comment-18887 Maybe they should’ve signed Walker before the season, too? Hopefully they’ll get a deal done with him after the season! He is DEFINITELY an above avg 2ndbaseman, and I just love how he plays!!!

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By: john.alcorn http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/08/andrew-mccutchen-has-the-second-most-team-friendly-deal-in-baseball.html#comment-18885 Mon, 06 Aug 2012 18:24:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=38608#comment-18885 Wait, so you’re saying extending Cutch was a good idea??? ;-)
He was also ranked the 3rd most valuable trade chip in the game by fangraphs behind Trout and Harper.

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