The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that the Pirates are discussing a long term extension with centerfielder Andrew McCutchen. The talks are merely preliminary, but McCutchen has noted his desire to stay in Pittsburgh.
During an interview with the Post-Gazette’s Dejan Kovacevic Sunday, McCutchen stated how he is open to remaining in Pittsburgh for the rest of his career. The 24 year old went on to say how he loves the city and that he feels the club is beginning to turn things around.
MLBTradeRumors took a look at McCutchen as an extension candidate this past offseason. Based on the agreement reached by Arizona and Justin Upton, McCutchen could be in line for a deal spanning 6 years and reaching $60 million.
The question is will the Pirates be willing to spend that kind of dough? Over the past few seasons the team’s outfield has resembled a revolving door. Pittsburgh has been reluctant to shell out the cash needed to keep players such as Jason Bay, Xavier Nady and Nate McLouth.
McCutchen has been a bright spot for his club since being drafted 11th overall in 2005. Recognized as a top 50 prospect by Baseball America during his time in the minors, McCutchen debuted for the Pirates during the 2009 season.