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Pirates spend serious bucks; winning to follow?

Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:31 am
Edited on: March 5, 2012 10:00 am
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The Pittsburgh Pirates are entering the 20th anniversary season of their last winning year and trying hard to ensure that streak doesn't last too much longer. The $51.5-million, six-year extension for outfielder Andrew McCutchen was a necessary step toward that goal.

The Pirates are shedding their "cheap'' label, at the very least. They've spent a whopping $50 million on the draft and international signings since taking Pedro Alvarez first in 2008, they took on salary while acquiring veteran hitters Ryan Ludwick and Derek Lee at the deadline, and they added $13 million over two years by taking on A.J. Burnett. They also reportedly tried for Edwin Jackson before he signed with the Nats.

The McCutchen deal is logical since it mirrors the Diamondbacks' Justin Upton contract. McCutchen's stats are better at the signing, but Upton is the player with greater power and a higher ceiling. In any case, it's not the usual Pirates deal. The McCutchen contract, which was first reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, has been confirmed.

So they do indeed spend. Pretty soon it will be time to win.



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Since: Jul 13, 2010
Posted on: March 6, 2012 8:10 pm
 

Pirates spend serious bucks; winning to follow?

Upton has a higher ceiling than McCutchen??????  What planet are you on Mister?


lol dude get real upton easily has a higher ceiling then mccutchen. upton was in the mvp talks last season and hit around .300. he has a monster arm steals bases and has alot more power. mccutchen defense is a little better and he might have a little more speed but upton is clearly better on offense and clearly has the higher ceiling. mccutchen was being proclaimed as the bet centerfield in the league before last season started HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. hes overrated. 51.5 mill over 6 years is about right now a days. but thats about as high as anyone should go. i woulda paid him that. but hes far from a top 20 hitter like some people are saying on here hahahaha.




Since: Aug 30, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2012 7:40 am
 

Pirates spend serious bucks; winning to follow?

The O stats are pretty close, the biggest difference is the RBIs but its hard as a lead off hitter to get those on a lot of teams let alone the Pirates

Now the D stats are the deal breaker to me, that higher field % is likely the difference in a good bit of runs and the the huge difference in assists also cuts down a good bit of runs

I will take McCutchen based on those stats but both are very good players

I dont agree with taking AJs contract for 2 years, the Pirates arent good enough to do much more than 500 and that is even a tough feat for them the next 2 years, keep the young guys and put the money in other young potential stars who might be here in 3 or 4 yrs when they might have a chance to make the playoffs

AJ didnt exactly have a great stats playing on a good team, hope he turns it around on the Pirates



Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2012 12:55 am
 

Pirates spend serious bucks; winning to follow?

Averages over the last three years: Upton 25 homers, 81 RBIs, 87 runs, .288 BA.  McCutchen 17 homers, 67 RBIs, 85 runs, ,276 BA.  Fielding....Upton .969 FP, 10 assts.. McCutchen .987 FP, 27 assts.  You can have the defense, Upton has the offense.  Point is pyshie, how can you claim with such certainty that McCutchen has the higher ceiling??



Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 12:27 am
 

Pirates spend serious bucks; winning to follow?

Who will have a winning season first? The Pirates or the Orioles? I'm thinking it'll be the Pirates.



Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 3:49 pm
 

Pirates spend serious bucks; winning to follow?

Was a must to get this deal done for them.  Long way to go, but at least this is step in right direction.



Since: Jan 17, 2012
Posted on: March 5, 2012 3:27 pm
 

Pirates spend serious bucks; winning to follow?

No offense to this article. Really written well, for a short article.

But no way, on my life, will the Pirates win the World Series in at least 20 years. Seriously. McCutchen is good, don't get me wrong, and at that price, he's a bargain. But one player can't win it all.  



Since: May 1, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 2:42 pm
 

Pirates spend serious bucks; winning to follow?

Hey pyshie you can't be serious thinking Andrew has a higher upside than Upton.Or do you?



Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2012 2:22 pm
 

Pirates spend serious bucks; winning to follow?

Slammin6, Don't you have anything better to do with your time that come on here and slam the Pirates?  This is your second post of the day, and like your other one, you will probably not be man enough to respond again.  You are sad.



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 1:21 pm
 

Pirates spend serious bucks; winning to follow?

How is using $ from the luxery tax "shedding the cheap label"???  Also no one should be proud of adding has-beens like D. Lee, Ludwick or having the Yankees pay you to get AJ off their roster. It`s a poorly run franchise & a darn shame for a great city & ballpark. If they are ever going to turn it around the SP they drafted has to deliver not be a big fat bust like Alvarez. Miggy cabrera thinks he`s outta shape at the hot corner.  



Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 1:07 pm
 

Pirates spend serious bucks; winning to follow?

Upton has a higher ceiling than McCutchen??????  What planet are you on Mister?


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