Keith Law reports that the Pirates "would listen" to offers for star outfielder Andrew McCutchen.â†µ
On Rumor Central, for all you brand-new Insiders: I heard the Pirates would at least listen on Andrew McCutchen ... I rarely post rumors, & wouldn't have posted this one if I didn't believe this was serious.â†µ
I don't doubt that Law heard this, but I'm not going to believe this means much until we start hearing more about it. While the Bucs' seeming inability to get McCutchen to sign a long-term deal has been frustrating, he still isn't a free agent for four more seasons, and there's no terribly pressing reason to trade him now unless someone knocks the Pirates' socks off - which would be hard to do, since McCutchen, who still makes right around the league minimum salary, is tremendously valuable. Also, the Pirates under Neal Huntington never really declare anyone to be untouchable, so it isn't really a surprise that they'd "listen." If McCutchen continues to play well and the Pirates continue to be unable to sign him, we'll certainly begin to hear trade talks heat up in a couple of years. Now, though, I wouldn't worry too much about it unless you begin to hear a lot more whispers than this.â†µ
UPDATE: Dejan Kovacevic tweets that there's absolutely nothing here - the Pirates aren't considering trading McCutchen.â†µ
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