The Nationals and Pirates seriously discussed a trade that would have sent outfielder Andrew McCutchen to Washington, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Pittsburgh targeted outfield prospect Victor Robles in talks, which ultimately fell apart due to the “large number of moving parts” involved.
Talks are not likely to revive because of the difference in how the clubs value McCutchen, according to Rosenthal, though the discussions are an indication that the Bucs could be serious about trying to move McCutchen this winter.
Washington and Pittsburgh did strike one trade over the summer, as the Nats acquired closer Mark Melancon in exchange for lefties Felipe Rivero and Taylor Hearn. McCutchen’s name likely was part of talks between the clubs about a larger package deal before they ultimately decided to finalize the 2-for-1 swap.
McCutchen, 30, is under team control through the 2018 season due to a $14.75 million team option. He is owed $14 million in 2017 after a down year in 2016 in which he hit .256/.336/.430 with 24 home runs and 79 RBI.