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.