Pittsburgh Pirates' All-Star outfielder Andrew Mccutchen has been talked about among many teams all throughout the winter, but there doesn't seem to be any sign of deal anywhere in sight. There have been many teams that have been linked to the 30-year-old, such as the New York Yankees, New York Mets, Washington Nationals and the Toronto Blue Jays.
Mccutchen going to the Yankees doesn't seem to make too much sense, seeing that they already have Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner and Aaron Hicks, as well as Aaron Judge and even Clint Frazier looking to be the future of their outfield. Even Hicks is really making an impression in the outfield with his strong arm and impressive range, and his bat is coming around, so there's no way McCutchen going to the Yankees makes the least amount of sense.
The Mets are set in the outfield with Curtis Granderson, Michael Conforto and Yoenis Cespedes, as they are yet another team that has a number of talented outfielders. The team is also listening to offers on their outfielders, especially Jay Bruce. They also have Juan Lagares, who can play all three outfield spots, so there is no need to acquire a pricy outfielder like McCutchen.
The Nationals had been in deep discussions for McCutchen earlier in the offseason, but those fell through. Instead of adding McCutchen, the team chose to land Adam Eaton from the Chicago White Sox in a blockbuster trade.
The Blue Jays were the latest team to show interest in possibly swing a deal for the former All-Star outfielder, but it does not seem that they would be willing to give up the right pieces. Yes, the team will now be missing the powerful bat of Jose Bautista in the outfield, unless they re-sign him, but they signed Steven Pearce to replace him in the lineup (he'll likely play left field) and Kevin Pillar, Ezequiel Carrera and Melvin Upton Jr. will round out their big league outfield. They also have a number of prospects waiting down in the minors ready to take the corner outfield spots in the future.
In my personal opinion, it would be wise for fans to not expect that they've seen the last of McCutchen in a Pirates' uniform, even with changes coming this season in the outfield. He has made a permanent home in Pittsburgh. Even though he is coming off his worst statistical year at the plate in his major-league career, he should be able to shake it off in 2017 and help the Pirates win games.null