Could five-time All-Star outfielder Andrew McCutchen be in a Rangers uniform in 2017? Rumors have been flying around all off-season that the Pittsburgh Pirates want to trade McCutchen. Signed through 2017 with a team option for 2018, will the Rangers make the move?
McCutchen is only 30-years-old and is coming off the worst year of his career. Hitting .256/.336/.430 with 24 home runs and 79 RBI in 153 games with the Pirates. Not horrible numbers, but a down year for the former MVP.
McCutchen has stated he does not want a trade and would like to continue his career in Pittsburgh. The Pirates have a young outfield and McCutchen is going to become the odd man out soon. Without a no-trade clause McCutchen must accept a trade if the Pirates decide to make a move.
Do the Rangers have enough to acquire McCutchen? Yes, but what the Pirates would want is going to be difficult to determine. Could be Joey Gallo or a few pitching prospects, but the Rangers do have the talent to acquire McCutchen.
A former Gold Glove fielder, but McCutchen has been ripped for his defense lately. A move to the corner outfield could be a fit, but regardless a trade would mean Choo moves to full-time DH. This trade would not only help the Rangers defense, but their offense too.
McCutchen is a big-time power bat and the Rangers desperately need a superstar slugger in their lineup. The Rangers might have to give up some young prospects with potential. In return they get a superstar outfield for not just the 2017 season, but 2018 and under a reasonable team friendly contract.