McCutchen will be at pirates fest Saturday. Expectation is to keep him. They'll discuss possible move to rf or lf.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 8, 2016
Heyman also reported that the Pirates and Washington Nationals had a deal on the table that would’ve sent McCutchen to the Nationals in-exchange for prospects Lucas Giolito, Dane Dunning, and a third prospect, but the deal fell through.
The Nationals opted to trade for center fielder Adam Eaton instead, giving up Giolito, Dunning, and Reynaldo Lopez to land him. Washington’s decision to go with Eaton surprised the Pirates, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
The 30-year-old McCutchen will enter the 2017 season with one more guaranteed year on his deal at a base salary of $14 million. Pittsburgh withholds a 2018 option worth $14.5 million on McCutchen, that includes a $1 million buyout.
McCutchen, a five-time all-star, batted .256/.336/.430 with 24 homers, and 79 RBIs in 153 regular season games last season.
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