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Andrew McCutchen trade talks reportedly intensify Between Pirates and Nationals

Andrew McCutchen trade talks reportedly intensify Between Pirates and Nationals

BY TYLER BYRUM

The Washington Nationals and Pittsburgh Pirates are in serious conversations to send former N.L. MVP Andrew McCutchen to D.C., according to ESPN and other outlets.

After rumors of the two teams discussing the trade prior to this season's trade deadline, this appears to be a deal that both sides are looking to move forward on this week.

In return the Pirates are interested in outfield prospect, Victor Robles, and younger pitchers, Joe Ross and Reynaldo Lopez.

ESPN's Jayson Stark noted that the rumored move could have a ripple effect: 

The Nationals, according to one exec, would like to make this deal today, because the ripple effect of trading for McCutchen would likely be a move to nontender shortstop Danny Espinosa before tomorrow's tender date.

McCutchen has a $14 million contract next season with an option for $14.5 million in 2018. McCuthchen, a five-time All-Star and four-time Silver Slugger winner, won the 2013 National League MVP award on the back of 21 home runs, 84 RBIs and 28 stolen bases.

Adding McCutchen to centerfield would give the Nationals one of the best outfields in the league with McCutchen joining Jayson Werth and Bryce Haper.

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Simone Biles back flip twists before first pitch of the World Series

Simone Biles back flip twists before first pitch of the World Series

Ahead of Game 2 of the 2019 World Series, Houston native and Team USA gymnast Simone Biles threw out the first pitch in a way only she could.

Some celebrities struggle to throw their pitch past the plate, but Biles landed an impressive backflip twist (in jeans, might I add) before throwing her pitch.

Biles previously threw a first pitch at another Astros game on July 4, 2016, wowing Minute Maid Park with an aerial before throwing to former Astros pitcher Scott Feldman and asking him to sign the baseball for her.

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David Ortiz shows 'phenom' Juan Soto some love before Game 2

David Ortiz shows 'phenom' Juan Soto some love before Game 2

Arguably the greatest designated hitter in the history of Major League Baseball, David Ortiz has seen his share of greats. As a FOX Sports baseball analyst on-site for the World Series, Big Papi made time to hang out with Juan Soto, the young Nationals legend.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a phenom (noun) is defined as "a person who is outstandingly talented or admired, especially an up-and-comer." See: Juan Soto, rocking 180 RBI, 17 stolen bases, and .937 OPS in just two years of playing Major League ball.

The kid can't even drink champagne yet (turns 21 on October 25) but Papi says Soto has "been bless[ed] with something that a lot [of] athletes don’t have," a good head on his shoulders and responsible parents. 

Ortiz also notes Soto's remarkable maturity, saying "he is only 20 year old and play the game and have the personality of a 30 year old person." 

We know we're watching history in the making with Juan Soto in Washington, but we could also be witnessing the start of a beautiful baseball friendship. Ortiz could serve as a close mentor to Soto; both hail from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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