You can officially add the Los Angeles Dodgers to the list of teams that have shown interest in acquiring Pittsburgh Pirates' outfielder Andrew McCutchen, according to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports.
McCutchen, 30, is coming of his worst season in the bigs, posting his worst average, OBP, SLG and OPS in his career. After being an annual MVP candidate for the last four seasons, including winning the award in 2013, Cutch slipped pretty badly. With his price at an all-time low and the Pirates looking to move on, it seems inevitable that he'll be dealt somewhere prior to the 2017 campaign.
Focusing on the Dodgers, the question is do they want to part with what it takes to get him. They no doubt have the pieces to make a trade, and fill the Pirates desire of a MLB starting pitcher, and prospects. Unless the Dodgers wanted to give up Julio Urias and preserve their other prospects, it seems that a deal would have to include young starter Alex Wood. He of course wouldn't be the main piece, as that would have to be one of the Dodgers top prospects. The likely candidate seems to be Alex Verdugo, as it seems L.A. has no interest in parting with Cody Bellinger in any deal. On top of Verdugo and Wood, the Dodgers would likely have to add in a middle of the pack prospect, perhaps somethi. ng like young defensive catcher Will Smith. The only way the Dodgers could make the trade without giving up Verdugo or Bellinger, would be to either have Urias be the main point, or possibly deal Joc Pederson with Wood, something the Dodgers probably aren't too keen on.null