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Report: Pirates “almost certain” to trade Andrew McCutchen

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LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 14: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates at bat during the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers makes at Dodger Stadium on August 14, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

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Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Pirates are “almost certain” to trade All-Star outfielder Andrew McCutchen. Passan notes that the Pirates have been calling teams to negotiate a potential trade rather than sitting back and accepting calls.

In the event McCutchen is dealt, Starling Marte would likely move to center field and Gregory Polanco would switch to left field with prospect Austin Meadows eventually taking over in right field.

McCutchen, 30, is under contract through at least next season at $14 million. He has a club option for 2018 worth $14.5 million with a $1 million buyout. The 2013 National League MVP Award winner had a relatively down year in 2016, finishing with a .256/.336/.430 triple-slash line with 24 home runs, 79 RBI, 81 runs scored, and only six stolen bases in 675 plate appearances. One-year flukes happen, however, and at $15 million for at least next season, the Pirates should still draw plenty of interest in McCutchen.

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