The Blue Jays have “kicked around” Andrew McCutchen’s name as they attempt to address their outfield, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports (all Twitter links). Pirates GM Neal Huntington recently said the team was likely to keep McCutchen after trade negotiations with the Nationals fell through. But, Crasnick writes, the Jays are one of several teams who are still interested in the Pirates’ star.
December 2016 - Pittsburgh Pirates Wiretap
The Pittsburgh Pirates and free-agent pitcher Ivan Nova have agreed to a three-year, $26 million contract, according to ESPN and multiple reports.
The deal, which is pending a physical, was first reported by FanRag Sports.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have "worked hard" to complete a trade with the Chicago White Sox for Jose Quintana, according to a report.
The White Sox are rebuilding this offseason having dealt Chris Sale and Adam Eaton.
Quintana, who turns 28 in January, is due $15.85 million over the next two seasons with club options for 2019 ($10.5 million) and '20 ($11.5 million).
Tyson Ross threw less than six innings last season before ultimately undergoing thoracic outlet surgery in October.
Roughly 20 clubs are interested in Ross, according to Jon Heyman, who lists the San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, Pittsburgh Pirates and Cleveland Indians as suitors.
The New York Mets are at least looking into the possibility of trading for a center fielder.
Ken Rosenthal described the Mets as being "semi-engaged" in talks for a variety of possibilities.
Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates has been mentioned as a possibility, but talks haven't gotten serious.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed Daniel Hudson to a two-year, $11 million deal.
Hudson might have a path to the closer's role in Pittsburgh after Mark Melancon signed with the San Francisco Giants.
Gerrit Cole is feeling healthy and will begin his offseason throwing program on Monday.
Cole, who dealt with a rib injury last spring and then two arm injuries during the season, had a disappointing 2016 season with a 3.88 ERA in 21 starts.
"There's obviously the process of reflecting back and then moving forward. We're in the latter part of that stage," Cole said. "Just forward thinking, looking forward to next year."
Cole, arbitration-eligible for the first time, has not yet discussed a 2017 contract with the Pirates.
Andrew McCutchen is still a member of the Pirates, but the outfielder said the rampant trade talks did "bother" him.
"I'd be lying to you if I told you none of this bothered me," McCutchen said Saturday at the team's PirateFest on Saturday. "Of course it did. I'm human."
Despite that feeling and being, as he described, "on edge," McCutchen said he's where he wants to be.
Andrew McCutchen is expected to be with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Opening Day after trade talks failed to intensify this week.
"Our intent coming in here was to have Andrew McCutchen be in our lineup going forward," Neal Huntington said. "No one changed that. It's unlikely someone changes that going forward. We're not going to close the door, but we're not going to be making calls."
Huntington said he spoke to multiple teams about McCutchen at the winter meetings, but none were willing to meet Pittsburgh's asking price.
"We took calls. We listened. We engaged," he said. "And not just on Andrew but on other players who are on one- or two-year contracts. As we will always do, if we find the right move and we believe the right move is to move the player, we'll move the player. If we believe the right move is to hold the player, then we'll hold the player.
"In this instance, obviously, we felt the right move was to hold the player and have him continue to help us win a lot of games at the major league level. ... We expected Andrew to be a Pirate. We feel great about Andrew being a Pirate. He's done remarkable things for this organization. We look forward to him being in our lineup next year and continuing on as a Pirate."
The Pittsburgh Pirates have asked the Washington Nationals for both Lucas Giolito and Victor Robles in a trade for Andrew McCutchen.
The Nationals declined the offer.
The Texas Rangers have also found Pittsburgh's asking price high and Jon Heyman has reported that a "mystery" team has discussed a deal with the Pirates as well.