According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Pittsburgh Pirates have avoided arbitration with starter/reliever Drew Hutchison, by signing him to a one-year deal worth $2.3 million. Hutchison earns a slight raise, after collecting $2.2 million from the Toronto Blue Jays and Pirates last year.
Hutchison, 26, is a former 15th-round pick in the 2009 MLB Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays, who broke into the majors in 2012. Hutchison spent four seasons in the majors with the Blue Jays, shuttling between the rotation and the bullpen, before being dealt at the trade deadline to the Pittsburgh Pirates in a deal that involved Francisco Liriano.
Hutchison owns a career record of 30-21 and a 4.93 ERA in 82 appearances in the majors. Hutchison was confined to the minor leagues for most of the year, but went 1-0 with a 5.25 ERA in nine appearances (three starts) between Toronto and Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh has been regarded as one of the best at rebooting and rebuilding pitchers, and Hutchison appears to be a great candidate for a rebound. One of the biggest concerns regarding Hutchinson is his amount of contact he gives up, but that could change, especially with more time in the majors next season.
The Pittsburgh Pirates will now turn their attention towards the rest of their arbitration eligible players. Top pitchers Gerrit Cole and Tony Watson have yet to settle, in addition to reliever Jared Hughes and infielder Jordy Mercer.
The Pirates have broken down their roster somewhat this offseason, and some of these arbitration eligible players could be involved in trade discussions should they not go according to plan.null