The Pirates have not entertained any trade offers for All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen, a high-ranking team source said tonight, and have no intention of doing so.
An ESPN report earlier today said the team would listen to offers for McCutchen this offseason. The team source emphatically denied that and further added that McCutchen will remain in Pittsburgh for the foreseeable future.
McCutchen, 25, is coming off his finest season with a .259 average and career-high 23 home runs. The Pirates and McCutchen tried over several months to work out a long-term contract extension, but that fizzled by late summer. Still, the team controls McCutchen’s rights for four more seasons, and he cannot become a free agent until after the 2015 season.
Let me skip past the newspaper-ese and spell this out a different way: If you just had the conversation I just had, you wouldn’t give another second of thought to McCutchen being traded.