The Pittsburgh Pirates have sent right-handed pitcher Drew Hutchison outright to Indianapolis after he cleared waivers. Due to his minor league service time, that means that he will become a minor league free agent after the World Series is over, although the Pirates could re-sign him prior to him becoming a free agent.

The 27-year-old Hutchison had a 3.56 ERA, a 1.29 WHIP and 124 strikeouts in 159.1 innings for Indianapolis this season. He made one start and five relief appearances for the Pirates last year after coming over from the Toronto Blue Jays in the Francisco Liriano deal.

The Pirates and Hutchison agreed to a $2.3 M figure to avoid arbitration this year, but he spent the entire season in Triple-A and wasn’t recalled last week when Indianapolis was eliminated from the playoffs.


  1. Confirming that the “trade” to Toronto was a pure giveaway and salary dump. A last place finish is looming, so explain exactly why extensions for hurdle and NH are justified.

  2. The Good news: Finally getting your back pack from the Pirates charities auction, which includes a bunch of neat stuff including the Charlie Brown bobble head.
    The Bad News: My two autographed balls were Grant Jackson (love him, one of my favorite Bucs, but got his ball last year) and Drew Hutchison

  3. Given the Bucs history this is likely to be a situation where Hutchison moves on to make a rotation somewhere else and has a productive MLB career.

  4. Guess I have to be the one to say it, Kuhl gives up 4 solo HRs in a game. He must be taking lessons from Cole. Horrible pitching line.

  5. Hutchinson was depth we didn’t end up needing due to the overall health of our starters and performance of Kuhl and Williams. A team should go into a season at least 8 deep, but this year we only really needed 6.

    Hope Hutchinson finds a good opportunity somewhere. I think he can be a serviceable back-of-the-rotation pitcher.

  6. Kinda saw the writing on the wall when he didn’t receive a September Call up. Kind of surprise with his price tag and/or pressure from fans on the trade that he didn’t receive any chances this season. Granted the rotation was healthy for the most part and others( Glasnow, Brault) were ahead of him but surprised they didn’t squeeze him in somewhere on roster.

    • Yes, it’s good to see us get credit, even if it’s for a relatively minor move. That just comes along with being a subscription site.

      • I hope MLBTR subscribes to PP. I love MLBTR, but if they’re not willing to pay for sites that actually have inside information, I question their commitment to really ‘hear every whisper’.

  7. The “key to the Liriano trade”….the end of that debacle, only to be exceeded in stupidity by the Nicasio debacle 2 weeks ago….and they extended NH for 4 more years….amazing….

  8. This would close the books on one of the best trades of the NH era, just like releasing Bastardo did for the Neil Walker trade. BTW what was he doing wearing AJ’s number? That was a disgrace to AJ’s legacy.

  9. i hope they find a way to keep him around next year in AAA as depth. It’s good to have a few guys like him around. guys who you can call up and down and not worry too much about screwing with their development, but can give you a good effort.

    unless they have plans to trade for a few decent prospects this offseason, then i’m not sure i understand not wanting to spend 1 to 3 million on a decent depth arm.

      • This is reasonable. Never was crazy for Sadler, but Cumpton was more than serviceable for a spot starter when he still had health. Half his starts in 2014 were QS. Of course not sure 2018 Cumpton is that guy. Either will likely be scooped up by somebody if released.

      • cumpton should definitely be a priority. he put up 1.7 WAR in 100 innings! people forget how promising he was a few years ago before the injury.

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