Originally written on Pirates Prospects  |  Last updated 10/20/14

23 June 2009: Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen (22) fields a fly ball during the Cleveland Indians 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo via Newscom

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What would an Andrew McCutchen extension be worth? One of the big topics this off-season is whether the Pittsburgh Pirates will extend their top player, Andrew McCutchen. McCutchen is entering his final year of league minimum pay. He will be arbitration eligible in 2013, and will be eligible for free agency after the 2015 season if no extension is reached. The topic of a McCutchen extension came up again this past weekend. In a radio interview with Bob Pompeani, Pirates’ General Manager Neal Huntington was asked about the extensions talks with McCutchen. You can draw what you want from Huntington’s response. When it comes to contract negotiations, I’ve always felt that any public statement is just part of the negotiation process. Justin Upton’s extension was brought up in the interview. If Huntington were to say “yeah, the Justin Upton contract could be a fair comparison”, then that’s pretty much the end of the negotiations. Good luck trying to get McCutchen for less than six years ...
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