NL Central Notes: Wandy, Tabata, McCutchen

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AmericanMovieFan
3 years 11 months ago

McCutchen is gonna require close to $15MM for his first two arbitration years alone. To lock him up with 6 guaranteed seasons would probably require well north of $30MM and that’s only if he’s feeling loyal to the team. If he’s looking for every red cent he can get (and who could blame him for that?) I think it’d require closer to $50MM+ to get the same 6 years of his career on contract.

IdontknowwhyIpostonforums
3 years 11 months ago

I totally agree and I hope McCutchen remains true to his desire to stay in Pittsburgh.  I  believe that 5/$50mil would be a solid deal for both parties.  That way McCutchen will be 30 by the end of the deal and still (if all goes well) a viable player with some quality years ahead of him to cash in on.

AmericanMovieFan
3 years 11 months ago

Also, in the aftermath of that horrifically team friendly deal that Longoria was suckered into no player who’s established how good they are is gonna panic and sign something ridiculously team friendly. These kinds of long term deals can get very complicated if a pre-arbitration player is putting up numbers that they know would get them A-list free agent deals if it they were in a walk season. The best bet for McCutchen is to go year to year. Yeah, it a little riskier with the potential for injury or for his talents to drop off, but look at the thousands of free agents who have taken that risk and reaped the benefits later. I just hope McCutchen isn’t suckered into anything. It’s not like I enjoy seeing the ridiculous salary inflation in baseball, but if that’s what they can and are willing to pay, then no player should deny themselves the opportunity to get the most for their talents.

If I was McCutchen, I’d go year to year and only accept a deal for 3 years/$15MM, maximum. To me that’s the only deal that would be team and player friendly and make everybody happy. It saves the Pirates money by avoiding arbitration and it makes McCutchen a rich man without sacrificing years or dollars of his potential career.

Isaac
3 years 11 months ago

Ya, but the next couple of years the pirates are going to have some big names come to the big league and he might take less so they have some money to get FA’s case they have the young guys mow hey need some veterans

AmericanMovieFan
3 years 11 months ago

Pirates have never been big FA spenders but they have taken care of their own. People seem to forget that they gave Jason Kendall of all people a massive 6 year/$60MM extension once upon a time. McCutchen is a far better player than Kendall ever was, offensively and defensively and it’s clear that the front office loves him, so it’s going to be a tricky situation if they want to keep him.

Isaac
3 years 11 months ago

I figured the Yankees woundn’t have interest in wandy cause everyone of there starters are piching good…except of course AJ

3 years 11 months ago

With the Red Sox hurting for starters, it might be a good idea for them to look at Wandy.

Isaac
3 years 11 months ago

Yes there starters are hurting but wandy would never fare well in the AL much less the AL east the Al hitting and pretty good pitching now the NL though well there’s just pitching with some good power bats.
The Rangers Red sox And Yankees have the three bet offenses in MLB. So wandy would never do
Good or even mediocre in the Al but I do believe he would do good in on the Diamondanack

BrickTops
3 years 11 months ago

What ???

Isaac
3 years 11 months ago

Yes he probably would but not in the AL like I said it’s to heavy powered for him but he NL I’d perfect I live the guys hes good but he won’t do to well in re AL

KenJr1918
3 years 11 months ago

I agree.  Also, I don’t know why no one mentions that the final year of his deal has a 2.5M buyout.  So essentially, any team that gets him is responsible for the 1.4M this year and 25.5M over the next two years (if they don’t want him back for the third year @13M).  I think this is very reasonable, considering his age and ability.

3 years 11 months ago

People don’t mention the buyout because they generally assume Wandy would exercise his player option.

3 years 11 months ago

Does a waiver claim constitute a trade in this case?

Isaac
3 years 11 months ago

Yes but lower teams with worst records get re first shot to get the player

BrickTops
3 years 11 months ago

Nope.  It is voided if it is a straight up claim.