Huntington spoke about why the Pirates decided to finally move McCutchen. Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday traded Andrew McCutchen to the San Francisco Giants, ending over a year of trade rumors involving the former MVP. Team GM Neal Huntington spoke about the trade later in the day, and essentially confirmed the team traded the outfielder because they felt they could not afford him.

Although trading Gerrit Cole and McCutchen days apart, the Pirates insist they are not rebuilding. They are trying to maintain a positive outlook and believe they got enough young talent back that will allow them to compete.

Between the two trades, the Pirates added pitcher Kyle Crick, outfielder Bryan Reynolds, third baseman Colin Moran, pitcher Joe Musgrove, pitcher Michael Feliz, and outfielder Jason Martin. Time will tell whether they got a good return on both trades.

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