Pirates Extend Andrew McCutchen

Andrew McCutchen is officially the face of the Pirates through at least 2017.  The team announced his new six-year contract today, which reportedly guarantees $51.5MM and has a seventh year club option.  Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has the salary breakdown.

McCutchen's contract buys out his final pre-arbitration year, all three arbitration years, and a pair of free agent seasons with a club option for another. The Pirates now control their young superstar through the 2017 or 2018, having previously controlled him through 2015.

McCutchen

The 25-year-old, represented by Steve Hammond of Aegis Sports Management, has just two fewer days of service time than Jay Bruce did when he signed nearly the same deal — six years and $51MM. Likewise, Justin Upton had less than three years of service time when the Diamondbacks locked him up for six years and $51.25MM. The Pirates, like the Reds, were able to secure a club option, which Arizona failed to do in Upton's case.  MLBTR's Tim Dierkes examined McCutchen's case last May, noting how he'd played significantly more games than Upton and deserved at least as much money.

Pittsburgh selected McCutchen with the 11th overall pick in the 2005 draft. He debuted as a 22-year-old in 2009, and has since tallied 420 big league games while hitting a strong .276/.365/.458 with 51 homers and 78 steals. Ultimate zone rating hasn't been kind to McCutchen's defense thus far in his career, but he did post a positive mark for the first time in 2011, checking in with a UZR/150 of +3.3.

The Pirates have long been interested in locking McCutchen up, and now should have two-thirds of their outfield set for many years. Last August, the team secured a multi-year deal with Jose Tabata as well, inking a six-year guarantee with club options that run through the 2019 season.

As MLBTR's Transaction Tracker shows, general manager Neal Huntington has architected multi-year deals in the past for Tabata, Nate McLouth, Freddy Sanchez, Paul Maholm, Matt Capps, and Ian Snell, though none of those deals were anywhere near this magnitude. McCutchen's guarantee falls just shy of Jason Kendall's record for the largest contract in franchise history; Kendall received $60MM over six years back in November of 2000.

Michael Sanserino of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette first broke news of McCutchen's contract Sunday night.  Photo courtesy of Icon SMI.


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133 Comments on "Pirates Extend Andrew McCutchen"


3 years 5 months ago

I’m crying manly tears of joy right now

3 years 5 months ago

Good for Pittsburgh. McCutchen’s a rare mix of raw talent, refined skills, and being lots of fun to watch. He’s a superstar and it’s nice to see a team that’s had a horrendous run and failed to produce or keep many stars lock one up.

Henduck
3 years 5 months ago

Hallelujah

3 years 5 months ago

This is a steal for such a good player, great work by the Pirates front office on this one. 

LazerTown
3 years 5 months ago

yea, he could have gotten so much more money if he waited.  but i guess he is going for contract security rather than a long term paycheck. 

Snoochies8
3 years 5 months ago

congratulations pirates, good deal

JTT11
3 years 5 months ago

This is a great deal on so many levels.  First it shows the fans that ownership cares about the players and the team.  Second, it keeps the face of the franchise.  Third, it shows that ownership is willing to spend money to lock up young talent.  lastly – it gives fans a player to love.

A friend of mine is a pitt resident and has a young son (7 years old) that loves to go to baseball games.  The father has been very reluctant to buy his boy a jersey because once a player gets good, they end up leaving.  He doesnt want his boy to become attached to a player only to have him leave.  Last night he texted me to ask what size McCutch jersey he should get him.  (he was worried about the jersey shrinking in the wash)

This is a really big deal to many guys in philadelphia, especially those with young boys.  The pirates are the only team in Pitt that a father can bring his boy to at an affordable price.  Going to see the steelers or the pens play is just too difficult; both financially and logistically.  (if you dont believe me take a trip out to pitt and try and find a steelers ticket.)  Having a good player that will be part of the team for the next 6 years is a really big deal.

Hats off to Pitt.

redsx968
3 years 5 months ago

well that was a sufficiently dramatic reaction to the trade…

3 years 5 months ago

Just as a reference, I’m going to kick a puppy every time someone posts about “McCutcheon” on here.

letsgogiants
3 years 5 months ago

Hey man, that’s not cool. I would NEVER joke about abusing puppies…

3 years 5 months ago

Would you feel more comfortable if it was a cat?

Ian_Smell
3 years 5 months ago

Just as long as you don’t tell Reddit.

FS54
3 years 5 months ago

very good deal for Pirates and McCutcheon.

3 years 5 months ago

Yes, Pittsburg got a graet deel

letsgogiants
3 years 5 months ago

Good sign for the Pirates. McCutchen is a huge talent and I would consider him as being the face of this Pirates franchise. It’ll be interesting to see what numbers he puts up as he reaches his prime. Not before long will he become one of the best all around players in the game with the five-star potential he has.

Kurisu Rg
3 years 5 months ago

Congratulations Pirates and Pirates fans. You guys will get to enjoy one of the best young hitters in baseball for a while.

3 years 5 months ago

Terrific deal. Well done Pirates. Finally on the right track

Henduck
3 years 5 months ago

With the Pirates luck, there will be a mix up in the paperwork and this deal will go to Daniel McCuthen instead.

3 years 5 months ago

 worth it… he’s the next Daniel Moskos.  😀

😛

3 years 5 months ago

I’m a Reds fan and i find this awesome for the Pirates and their fans. Congrats guys you deserve to win!

3 years 5 months ago

Stop being so nice. I want to continue to loathe the Reds as a Pirates fan, haha. 😉

bighiggy
3 years 5 months ago

dude im a cards fan and this rocks for pittsburgh, im excited to see pittsburgh hang on their young talent and not trade it away, looking forward to 3 years from now when you guys may be contenders!

3 years 5 months ago

more of the “trading away the young talent” nonsense, hmmmmm????

Todd Smith
3 years 5 months ago

You know.  Young talent.  Like Nyjer Morgan and Eric Hinske.

3 years 5 months ago

nate mclouth, jason bay, freddy sanchez, jack wilson, aramis ramirez….

3 years 5 months ago

Wait…Bay, Wilson and Sanchez were young?  ARam was under a totally different OWNERSHIP group and McClouth brought us Morton.

So yeah, what dumping of young talent?

shakeweight22
3 years 5 months ago

yea it has really hurt watching all those guys bloosom into stars since they left…..

bighiggy
3 years 5 months ago

i was mainly talking about guys like randal simon! just kidding, but you guys have had some decent people that you have traded away for barely anything, its just nice to see you guys hang on to andrew and tabata. i loved the 80’s when i use to go to cards games when you guys had bonds and bonilla and van slyke, doug drabek… it just hasnt been as fun recently

Todd Smith
3 years 5 months ago

The only one you can even make a slight argument that it was a mistake to trade away would be Ramirez…and that was 9 years ago.

The Red Sox trade away all their good players too.  Like Babe Ruth.

3 years 5 months ago

Glad to see the Pirates finally keep one of their stars. Exciting player.

3 years 5 months ago

name another legitimate “star” that we failed to keep and i will post a sensible rebuttal

FS54
3 years 5 months ago

Barry Bonds

BDLugz
3 years 5 months ago

Aramis Ramirez

bighiggy
3 years 5 months ago

bay has sucked recently but that guy put up some good numbers in san fran, he looked destined for stardom, no one expected that collapse! what about bobby bonilla :)

FacelessGeneralManager
3 years 5 months ago

Not a pirates fan, (more of a pirates rooter forer) but AWESOME!!!!!!!! Glad to see the pirates doing this. Nice move by them.

3 years 5 months ago

Look out Jay’s fans, Rasmus is going to think he deserves a contract like this….BTW he doesn’t.

3 years 5 months ago

Rasmus hasn’t done even remotely close to what McCutchen has, I really doubt it.

Ferrariman
3 years 5 months ago

i mean, offensively his 2010 was as good or better than any of Andrew’s seasons offensively.  That said, rasmus in no way deserves a 51mil guaranteed deal.

Lunchbox45
3 years 5 months ago

the only similarity between the two is the position they play.

bigpat
3 years 5 months ago

Hell freaking yes!!! Cutch is staying where he belongs!!! Time to bring the glory back to Pittsburgh once he hits his prime. Raise that Jolly Rodger!

jaryl612
3 years 5 months ago

Does anyone on planet Earth dislike McCutchen?  If I ranked baseball players in terms of likability, it’d be 
1. Pablo Sandoval
1. Andrew McCutchen
3. Who cares
4-1,000,000 everyone else.

lefty177
3 years 5 months ago

#3 for me would have to be Ryan Zimmerman

Lunchbox45
3 years 5 months ago

Mariano and Roy Halladay have to be on that list.

MB923
3 years 5 months ago

Don’t mean to be a homer, but Curtis Granderson can be up there.

Lunchbox45
3 years 5 months ago

 agreed, he’s delightful

jaryl612
3 years 5 months ago

Meh, not nearly as gregarious as others.  Mo seems friendly enough, but Halladay a bit dull.

FacelessGeneralManager
3 years 5 months ago

Halladay plays for philly, so naturally, he can’t be on that list.

Backup_Slider
3 years 5 months ago

Halladay is waaayyy more popular in Canada than he is in the US. 

metsman
3 years 5 months ago

Halladay? the guy has no emotion, he almost beat out Arnold in casting as the terminator.

Tony DiQuattro
3 years 5 months ago

Sandoval seems like a really likeable guy but he’s kind of arrogant and big headed. But you can save the “AND big bellied” jokes.

jaryl612
3 years 5 months ago

Never thought of him as arrogant.  He has the “infectious enthusiasm”.  For example, anytime the Giants have every had a walkoff win, he’s the first one on the field.  Just seems like a great teammate.

Jason_F
3 years 5 months ago

I don’t know what you’ve ever seen that would suggest that, but I disagree 100%. The only thing that might lead you to that conclusion is his silly pre at bat routine. Other than that, all signs point to Sandoval being a great guy and a fantastic teammate. I think you are way off with this assertion.

Tony DiQuattro
3 years 5 months ago

He always acts like he has something better to do while giving autographs at Fanfest, I’ve seen him playing around on his phone for half the time on stage during an interview.  I’ve heard from a friend that at one of the lunch benefits (where people pay/donate quite a bit of money to mingle with players and get autographs) that he was outside on his phone most of the time and wouldn’t sign things for kids.

MB923
3 years 5 months ago

What? No Carlos Zambrano? No Nyjer Morgan?

ellisburks
3 years 5 months ago

How could you forget Mr. Sunshine Milton Bradley?

MB923
3 years 5 months ago

 Doh!

melonis_rex
3 years 5 months ago

barry bonds, manny ramirez, roger clemens, a-rod, john rocker

redsx968
3 years 5 months ago

You bite your tongue. John rocker was a classy individual

Guest
3 years 5 months ago

zimm

3 years 5 months ago

Mauer

guydavis
3 years 5 months ago

 RA Dickey, come on. Who doesn’t love a philosophical knuckleballer?

silverwidow
3 years 5 months ago

This is one of the best deals in recent memory, anywhere.

nats2012
3 years 5 months ago

Great move by the Pirates, McCutchen is star.

$22264602
3 years 5 months ago

I wouldn’t be to happy Pirates fans , this contract isn’t just great for the pirates , anyones who looking to trade for him loves the contract as well… I know i know im ruining it.

3 years 5 months ago

 it would have to be an overpayment by ANYONE who offers for him, especially with that contract.  he means more to the Pirates than you think.

Onetimeaccount
3 years 5 months ago

You’re acting like the pirates don’t get anything in return if he’s traded.

3 years 5 months ago

It depends how you mean. As a talent, almost every baseball fan salivates over him.
As a person, I would say I’m indifferent.
As a player and how he carries himself on the field, I would say I dislike him: he showboats in the outfield, which costs runs; takes games off (metaphorically but not literally); refuses to steal as often as he should; tries to hit home runs far too often; and too often acts with an error of confidence instead of the air of confidence.

Lunchbox45
3 years 5 months ago

yet you like max talbot enough to use him as your avatar?

 

3 years 5 months ago

I’d be curious to see some evidence to back up those claims.

Ron Loreski
3 years 5 months ago

I’ll agree that McCutchen is overrated. His fielding to me is a joke. He can make some spectacular plays, but then he makes some real bone-headed plays trying to be cute.

Clutch mCutch
3 years 5 months ago

Agree but he is still better than all the other guys

eugene tober
3 years 5 months ago

If the Bucs could find some power elsewhere then McCutchen could lead-off and the he could utilize his abilities to the fullest.

3 years 5 months ago

im sorry, but with his growing power game Cutch needs to not lead off.  imagine if Bonds was kept in leadoff his whole career.

eugene tober
3 years 5 months ago

Totally different situation. Bonds was a cheat.

3 years 5 months ago

It’s not cheating when it isn’t against the rules of the game

eugene tober
3 years 5 months ago

It’s going to keep him out of HOF.