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First Pitch: How Long Can Andrew McCutchen Post MVP Numbers?

First Pitch: How Long Can Andrew McCutchen Post MVP Numbers?

Andrew McCutchen has averaged a 7.5 WAR in the last two seasons. How long can this continue? (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Neal Huntington has made a lot of good moves in his time as the General Manager. This past off-season he signed two of the biggest values on the free agent market when he brought in Russell Martin and Francisco Liriano. He traded for A.J. Burnett the previous off-season, getting the starter for next to nothing in prospects and at a reduced price. He's drafted well, and those drafts are starting to produce results in the majors. But perhaps his best move of all involved a player who was already in the organization.

Prior to the 2012 season, Huntington extended Andrew McCutchen under a six-year, $51.5 M deal. The deal came with an option year for $14.5 M in 2018 with a $1 M buyout, which gives the deal a maximum value of seven years and $66 M. There are also performance bonuses involved. For example, McCutchen won the MVP award tonight, which comes with a $125,00...

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