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With the Winter Meetings a Week Away, the Pirates’ Direction Remains a Mystery

The Pirates have intended to keep Andrew McCutchen for 2018, but that hasn't stopped teams from expressing interest in him. Photo Credit: David Hague
With the Winter Meetings a Week Away, the Pirates’ Direction Remains a Mystery

Ken Rosenthal had a brief summary of what the Pirates might do this offseason regarding their direction. The article was posted in his latest notes in The Athletic, looking specifically at the chances of a rebuild.

Rosenthal pointed out something that I've mentioned many times this offseason: The Pirates could decide to go all-in for Andrew McCutchen's last year, or they could trade him -- and if they do trade him, then it would only make sense to go all-in on a rebuild and trade guys like Gerrit Cole, Josh Harrison, and Francisco Cervelli.

As far as updates to this decision, Rosenthal repeated that the Giants have inquired about McCutchen, along with other teams. He said that Neal Huntington intends on going into 2018 with McCutchen, but that shouldn't be taken as gospel.

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