Pirates open to massive extension for Andrew McCutchen

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Andrew McCutchen is currently under contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates through the 2018 season, but the Bucs are already looking well into the future and they want to make sure the star outfielder remains a major part of it. Pirates owner Bob Nutting said Wednesday in camp that he plans on keeping McCutchen in a Bucs uniform for a “long, long time.”

Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has more on a possible early extension …

There are no active talks at this time. However, industry sources said that if the Pirates decide to open talks, they are willing to go to great lengths to keep McCutchen in Pittsburgh, even if the numbers approach the current salary stratosphere of $25 million-plus per year.

“If that happens, that will be something we’ll talk about,” McCutchen told the Tribune-Review on Wednesday when he was asked about these extension murmurings. “Right now, I’m not too worried about it. It’s nothing that I’m thinking about, really. If it happens, that would be great. I look forward to it if they do that.”

The 28-year-old center fielder hit .314/.410/.542 with 25 homers and 83 RBI in 146 games last season.