McCutchen is now under team control through the 2018 season.

Ever since Andrew McCutchen was first called up to the majors, Pittsburgh Pirates fans were waiting for one thing: an extension. When he first arrived in the majors, McCutchen had the potential to be the best player developed by the Pirates since Barry Bonds. Unlike a lot of other home-grown prospects in the last two decades, McCutchen almost immediately lived up to the hype.

Fans had seen other teams lock up their players to long-term deals. Evan Longoria signed an extension with the Tampa Bay Rays within a month after making his major league debut. Ryan Braun signed an extension with the Milwaukee Brewers a year after making his debut. Both players gave up control of multiple free agent years. McCutchen was the first play...

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