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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, 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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Since: Aug 27, 2010
Posted on: March 5, 2012 8:31 am

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

Or here's an idea. Maybe he actually likes it in Pittsburgh. Or maybe he likes his teammates and the organization. Or the city. You do know, not EVERY athlete needs EVERY available dollar for a contract. Pretty sure if this was his last contract ever, he would be just fine in life.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 8:30 am

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

Wow even the pitiful Pirates can get one right if funded by the luxery tax aka the successful teams in MLB.  Draft a few more players like that and several pitchers and you just might hit .500.

Since: Apr 13, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 8:10 am

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

Great move for Pittsburgh.  Obviously it has benefits for both Andrew McCutchen & the Pirates, but I wouldn't have been surprised of McCutchen had taken his chances in the FA market (where he almost certainly would have been paid more handsomely than this) had this deal not been finalized. 

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