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Blue Jays rumors: Toronto open to trading for Andrew McCutchen

Toronto has reportedly considering trading for Pittsburgh’s starting outfielder.

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The Blue Jays are seeking outfield help and are open to trading for Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen, according to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick.

Though Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington recently said it’s unlikely McCutchen is moved this winter, there are still several teams interested in the power-hitting outfielder, according to Crasnick.

Washington was thought to be interested in trading for McCutchen, but the Nationals ultimately opted to trade for White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton instead. Still, there are several teams that seem willing to part with top prospects in a trade for the five-time All-Star.

Now that Edwin Encarnacion signed with the Indians, Toronto’s lineup will be without a key power bat. The club could still consider signing Jose Bautista, who is reportedly open to a one-year deal, but McCutchen might also be a reasonable option.

Over 153 games with the Pirates last season, McCutchen hit .256/.336/.430 with 24 home runs and 79 RBIs. McCutchen would likely play one of two corner spots in Toronto but could add valuable power to a lineup that as of now lost a top bat.