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Report: Pirates “almost certain” to trade Andrew McCutchen

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Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Pirates are “almost certain” to trade All-Star outfielder Andrew McCutchenPassan notes that the Pirates have been calling teams to negotiate a potential trade rather than sitting back and accepting calls.

In the event McCutchen is dealt, Starling Marte would likely move to center field and Gregory Polanco would switch to left field with prospect Austin Meadows eventually taking over in right field.

McCutchen, 30, is under contract through at least next season at $14 million. He has a club option for 2018 worth $14.5 million with a $1 million buyout. The 2013 National League MVP Award winner had a relatively down year in 2016, finishing with a .256/.336/.430 triple-slash line with 24 home runs, 79 RBI, 81 runs scored, and only six stolen bases in 675 plate appearances. One-year flukes happen, however, and at $15 million for at least next season, the Pirates should still draw plenty of interest in McCutchen.

Aaron Boone interviewed for the Yankees manager job today

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MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports that ESPN broadcaster Aaron Boone interviewed for the Yankees’ manager job today. No word as to whether he hit a big home run.

Boone, an ESPN analyst, obviously has some history with the Yankees, but he has no coaching experience at any level. Joel Sherman of the New York Post wrote earlier this week of Boone that the Yankees “are intrigued if his charisma and passion can compensate for inexperience.” I’d say the answer to that question, whenever asked and in whatever context, is always “no,” but I suppose there’s a first time for everything.

So far the Yankees have interviewed Rob Thomson, Eric Wedge and Hensley Meulens. Yesterday Brian Cashman said there was no rush to fill the job, and that the Winter Meetings are not a deadline for the team in doing so.