With the Pirates unlikely to contend, and Pittsburgh having other younger possibilities for the outfield, it might be best to move McCutchen to a team where he can impact a pennant race.
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Minnesota has reportedly put out feelers regarding a pair of starters and several relievers.
Pittsburgh will remain playoff hopefuls, even as the Pirates weigh decisions on whether and when to move Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole.
Meadows among three added to Pirates' 40-man
The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that OF Austin Meadows and RHPs Dario Agrazal and Luis Escobar were added to the team's 40-man roster on Monday. In addition, the Pirates traded INF Gift Ngoepe to the Blue Jays for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Pittsburgh is reportedly interested in a reunion with Neil Walker amid ongoing complications with Jung-Ho Kang's legal situation.
Keller grits one out in AFL
Pirates prospect Mitch Keller allowed only two runs (one earned) despite serving up nine hits in four innings for the Glendale Desert Dogs of the Arizona Fall League on Wednesday. The 21-year-old picked up his fourth AFL win and sports a 1.52 ERA in the hitter-friendly league.
The Pittsburgh Pirates say Major League Baseball intends to discipline their director of Latin American scouting for rules violations, and the team announced it will not renew Rene Gayo's contract when it expires next month.
Tolman clubs HR in Arizona Fall League
Pirates second-base prospect Mitchell Tolman blasted a three-run home run as part of a four-RBI day during the Glendale Desert Dogs' 10-3 win over the Mesa Solar Sox on Monday.
Keller named AFL Pitcher of the Week
Pirates top pitching prospect Mitch Keller earned the nod after firing five innings of shutout ball while allowing just one hit for the Arizona Fall League's Glendale Desert Dogs last Monday. The right-hander has pitched at least three innings in each of his AFL starts and has allowed only three earned runs and four walks in 15 2/3 innings. Opponents are batting .151 against him this fall.
The Pirates are on the backslope of their rebuild. Fans might be wondering about their second act now that they've missed the postseason in back-to-back years.
McCutchen didn't bounce back to his peak level, and much of his 2017 value came in June and July, when he tore it up. He'll be viewed strictly as a corner outfielder in free agency.
Starling Marte was suspended for PEDs, Gregory Polanco's homers and stolen bases both halved, Tyler Glasnow's ERA quadrupled and the Pirates were never close.
The construction of the 2018 Pirates is officially under way. What's their biggest need? Which one move would you like to see them make?
Bell had a season that he could brag about to his high school classmate, Jordan Spieth. His competition is the Dodgers' Cody Bellinger and the Cardinals' Paul DeJong.
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The "Modern Era" ballot for the Hall of Fame, announced Mon., has Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Don Mattingly, Marvin Miller, Jack Morris, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Ted Simmons, Luis Tiant and Alan Trammell on it. Voting results to be announced Dec. 10.
The Pirates exercised their $14.75 million option on outfielder Andrew McCutchen, who hit a team-high 28 homers and drove in 88 runs last season.