ESPN’s Keith Law briefly sent the internets into a frenzy this afternoon with an Insider post saying he heard “the Pirates would at least listen [to trade offers] on Andrew McCutchen.”
That shouldn’t mean much because every GM should be willing to “at least listen” to ANY trade offer…but it still created quite a bit of buzz.
Trading McCutchen right now is pretty much unthinkable. The main reason for the speculation seems to be the fact that his extension talks fizzled right now, but for the zillionth time that isn’t any reason to panic – he’s under team control through 2015. It wouldn’t make much sense from Cutch’s end to sign an extension at this point anyway…would you want to if you were in his position? Once he gets into his arbitration years (starting in 2013), then I’m sure the extension talks will heat up.
Anyway, Dejan talked to a “high-ranking team source” that emphatically denied the Law report:
Let me skip past the newspaper-ese and spell this out a different way: If you just had the conversation I just had, you wouldn’t give another second of thought to McCutchen being traded.
Good enough for me.
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