The Nationals brought in closer Mark Melancon from the Pirates at the deadline. Though it appears these two teams discussed an even more prominent name in Andrew McCutchen. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the two teams were discussing a separate deal to send McCutchen to the Nationals that did not have any barring on the deal for Melancon.
The talks eventually died due to differences in perceived value of McCutchen and are unlikely to revive this winter. It is believed that the Pirates wanted more than top prospect Class-A outfielder Victor Robles and the deal had "too many moving parts." The Nationals planned to move Trea Turner back to shortstop and play the natural Andrew McCutchen in center field. The Nationals felt as though they were not going to overpay for McCutchen after his worst offensive year at the age of 30.
The Nationals now have plenty of options on the free agent market and they will be active this winter. They can look at free agent outfielders Ian Desmond, Carlos Gomez and Dexter Fowler to play center field. Also they can sign someone like Yoenis Cespedes and move Bryce Harper to center field.
Although this trade rumor never came to fruition, it truly indicates that the Pirates are in fact serious about moving Andrew McCutchen. This sets up the potential for another team to step in and add a talent such as McCutchen to the top of their lineup and in center field, but the two sides could also revisit talks this offseason.null