MLB Trade Rumors: Andrew McCutchen, Josh Harrison Could Be Dealt Before the Start of Season

By Paul E. Davidson, Posted: 02/14/17 04:13PM EST
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Josh Harrison #5 celebrates with Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates after scoring in the third inning against the Milwaukee Brewers on April 17, 2016 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.(Photo : Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

Players are going to report to their respective teams this week for Spring Training, but the Pittsburgh Pirates could be busy heading into the season. The latest MLB trade rumors imply that the Pirates are still looking to trade both Andrew McCutchen and Josh Harrison.

According to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington is still willing to trade two of his best players. The team tried to trade McCutchen during the winter meetings, but they did not receive any good offers.

On the other hand, Harrison has also been linked with MLB trade rumors this offseason. He was speculated to be one of the targets of the Los Angeles Dodgers at second base before settling for Logan Forsythe of the Tampa Bay Rays.

McCutchen had the worst season of his career last year as he was not named an All-Star for the first time since 2010. He batted .256 with 24 home runs and 79 RBIs. He also had the worst defensive rating of his career last season.

"Cutch" is a viable trade option for the Pirates because of his cheap salary of $14 million for a player of his status. He is also under team control until 2018 since the Pirates holds a $14.5 million club option. The 2013 NL MVP has expressed his desire to stay in Pittsburgh and end his career as a Pirate.

"I think you know that answer. I don't need to answer that, really. But everyone knows I want to be here. So that's nothing new to anyone," McCutchen told ESPN.

As for Harrison, he hit .283 with four home runs, 59 RBIs and 19 stolen bases in 131 games last season. He is just two seasons removed from being named to his first All-Star Game. He is also under a very reasonable contract for four years.

There are no teams being linked with both players at the moment. However, interested teams will soon be known as injuries and other factors appear in Spring Training.

 



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