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Andrew McCutchen glad to still be a Pirate, but ‘bothered’ by trade talk

Dec
12

Andrew McCutchen is still a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates, but the star outfielder said the rampant trade talks did “bother” him.

“I’d be lying to you if I told you none of this bothered me,” McCutchen said Saturday at the team’s PirateFest. “Of course it did. I’m human.”

Authentic Mens LeGarrette Blount Jersey Despite that feeling and being “on edge,” McCutchen said he’s where he wants to be.

“My dream is to be a Pirate my whole career,” McCutchen said. “My dream is still to win multiple World Series. We all have those dreams.”

During the winter meetings, Andrew McCutchen could only watch as trade rumors flew.

On Thursday, Pittsburgh general manager Neal Huntington said he talked to multiple teams at the winter meetings about McCutchen, but none of them were willing to meet his steep asking price.

“Our intent coming in here was to have Andrew McCutchen be in our lineup going forward,” Huntington said Thursday. “No one changed that. It’s unlikely someone changes that going forward. We’re not going to close the door, but we’re not going to be making calls.”

In late December 2015, Chapman went to the Yankees for a middling array of prospects, and then in July 2016 was the bounty to deliver a 19-year-old prospect, Gleyber Torres, who is now the jewel of the suddenly stacked Yankees farm system.

This leaves Napoli as the odd man out. The Rangers have said they won’t go after a high-priced free agent, although that doesn’t necessarily refer to Napoli. Maybe the Blue Jays jump in and let Pearce play some outfield. If the Astros aren’t sold on Gurriel, maybe they’ll love Napoli’s leadership on a short-term deal. He could end up in Kansas City as a DH. Or …
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So who goes where? We haven’t even factored in the possibility of Jose Bautista playing first base or DH, which makes sense, given his declining range in right field. Remember that teams signing Bautista, Encarnacion and Trumbo lose their first-round pick (unless it’s a top-10 pick). Predictions!