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Andrew McCutchen Extension Terms Closely Resemble Jay Bruce's Reds Contract

Rob Biertempfel reports on the terms of Andrew McCutchen’s new six-year extension with the Pirates.

#Pirates pay McCutchen 2012: $500k, 13:$4.5m, 14: $7.25m, 15: $10m, 16: $13m, 17: $14m. Option$14.75 or $1m buyout

Also included in the contract will be a $1.25 million signing bonus, which means that McCutchen’s 2012 salary will effectively be $1.75 million.

The model here plainly is Jay Bruce’s six-year, $51 million extension with the Cincinnati Reds. Bruce got $2.75 million in the first year, then salaries of $5 million, $7.5 million, $10 million, $12 million and $12.5 million, with a club option of $13 million or a $1 million buyout.

Bruce, incidentally, was selected one pick after McCutchen in the 2005 MLB Draft, so it will be interesting to see their careers continue to be intertwined as they go through their prime years as rivals in the NL Central.

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Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.