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Pirates lock up McCutchen to 6-year, $51.5 M deal

Posted on: March 5, 2012 8:02 am
Edited on: March 5, 2012 10:58 am
 
Andrew McCutchen

By C. Trent Rosecrans


The Pirates have locked up center fielder Andrew McCutchen to a six-year, $51.5 million contract, CBSSports.com insider Jon Heyman confirms.

The 25-year-old McCutchen made his first All-Star team in 2011 and was scheduled to be arbitration eligible after this season. The new deal buys out not only his three arbitration years, but also two free agent seasons and gives the Pirates a club option for another, giving Pittsburgh control over him through the 2018 season.

The deal is similar to the one NL Central rival Jay Bruce (six years, $51 million) signed a year ago with the Reds and the one Justin Upton signed before the 2010 season (six years, $51.25 million) with the Diamondbacks.

It also assures the Pirates will be able to build around the young star. Last season, McCutchen's batting average dropped, but his on-base percentage stayed steady and his home run and RBI totals jumped, as he emerged as one of the young stars of the game. McCutchen hit .259/.364/.456 with 23 homers and 89 RBI in 2011, while stealing 23 bases. Overall, he's hit .276/.365/.458 in three seasons in Pittsburgh, while playing a solid center field.

This is the type of move that helps the Pirates more than most teams. Pittsburgh has lost many of its young, talented players to free agency. This proactive move keeps McCutchen in Pittsburgh and allows Pirate fans a piece of mind that he'll be around in the long term. It also gives McCutchen a big payday before he would otherwise be eligible.

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Comments

Since: Feb 29, 2012
Posted on: March 5, 2012 1:30 pm
 

Pirates lock up McCutchen to 6-year, $51.5 M deal

Unfortunately the answer to all the questions of "where did Pitt find the money" is, they don't have to find more than the first years salary (in what is most likely a backloaded contract), because they intend to trade him off for a whole new farm system after this season, or even by the trade deadline this season. 

This also is not unheard of for the Pirates.  Jason Kendall got 6 years - $60Million from the Bucs after the 2000 season.  And he actually stuck around for 4 more years before he got traded to the A's after 2004 season, but I think that he only stuck around because no other teams wanted him for that kind of money.  McCutchen is a different story though, he will be good, he now has a franchise friendly deal that locks him up for 6 years, and he will be traded.



Since: Nov 27, 2010
Posted on: March 5, 2012 1:10 pm
 

Pirates lock up McCutchen to 6-year, $51.5 M deal

Wow this is crazy the pirates spending money . Wow I'm very surprised and very happy for them and for us fans. Finally spending money after years of sucking. Great move by them and hopefully they will start winning some games. I see the pirates finally moving in the right direction after years and years of being the worst team in ball.



Since: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 1:01 pm
 

Pirates lock up McCutchen to 6-year, $51.5 M deal

What?????? Did I read the headlines right? Pirates lock up McCutcheon. What happened to the old poor Pirates that could not afford anyone. Good for them and for McCutcheon.



Since: Jul 25, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 1:00 pm
 

Pirates lock up McCutchen to 6-year, $51.5 M deal

I don't know about any of you, but I think this was a great steal for the Pirates. They locked up a guy that has proven to be AT LEAST 20/20 material for less than 10 million a year and it appears that he is only getting better.



Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: March 5, 2012 12:56 pm
 

Pirates lock up McCutchen to 6-year, $51.5 M deal

Since when do the Pirates have money, first Burnett now McCutchen??

Just sayin... 



Since: Jul 31, 2009
Posted on: March 5, 2012 12:35 pm
 

Pirates lock up McCutchen to 6-year, $51.5 M deal

Really trying to see this as a positive as a Looooooong suffering Pirates fan...but unfortunately all I see is the glass half empty here.  All this means is if they trade McCutchen the other team knows exactly how much and how long they are in for if they take the player off of the Pirates hands...Cry


Well, as another long suffering Pirates fan.... I WAS a glass-half full guy, and really excited about this signing.... then I read your post... and there is just too much truth to it, knowing the Pirates... 



Since: Oct 14, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 11:53 am
 

Pirates lock up McCutchen to 6-year, $51.5 M deal

Really trying to see this as a positive as a Looooooong suffering Pirates fan...but unfortunately all I see is the glass half empty here.  All this means is if they trade McCutchen the other team knows exactly how much and how long they are in for if they take the player off of the Pirates hands...Cry



Since: Apr 7, 2010
Posted on: March 5, 2012 11:52 am
 

Pirates lock up McCutchen to 6-year, $51.5 M deal

Glad to see it, congrats Pirates fans.



Since: Jun 10, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 11:22 am
 

Pirates lock up McCutchen to 6-year, $51.5 M deal

What a GREAT DAY for the Pirates! They locked up Tabata, they have McCutchen for 6 (or 7) more years now, too. If Alvarez ever amounts to anything, Pittsburgh is going to start turning things around. Cole and Taillon cant get here soon enough!



Since: Jul 18, 2009
Posted on: March 5, 2012 11:06 am
 

Pirates lock up McCutchen to 6-year, $51.5 M deal

17 attack.. you are totally correct. This is a good deal for BASEBALL when a team like Pittsburrgh is able to hol donto their young stars. You hop eot see more moves like this and teh Cameron Maybin deal where teams take chances on guys earlier in their career. we will maybe see less dominance at the top when it comes to free agents and more teams signing their young guys while they still have control of them and not letting players get to free agency.  Good for the Pirates


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