According to the Post-Gazette the Pittsburgh Pirates and Andrew McCutchen have agreed to a six year deal worth $51.5 million with a club option for $14.75 million. The contract buys out at least the first two years of free agency and will keep him in a Pirates uniform at least through the 2017 season.
More on this story in the morning as details develop.
UPDATE 2:07 PM: Rob Biertempfel has the breakdown of the deal. The Pirates will pay McCutchen $500 K in 2012, plus a $1.25 M signing bonus. He’ll get $4.5 M in 2013, $7.25 M in 2014, $10 M in 2015, $13 M in 2016, $14 M in 2017, and a $14.75 M option in 2018 with a $1 M buyout.
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.
When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.