Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Pirates are “almost certain” to trade All-Star outfielder Andrew McCutchen. Passan 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.
NEW YORK — The active New York Mets added another newcomer to their bullpen mix when they claimed reliever Sam Coonrod off waivers from the NL East rival Philadelphia Phillies.
Coonrod had a 7.82 ERA in 12 appearances covering 12 2/3 innings last year for the National League champions. The right-hander is 7-5 with a 5.27 ERA and five saves in 105 games over four major league seasons with San Francisco and Philadelphia. He has struck out 95 and walked 44 in 97 1/3 innings.
The 30-year-old Coonrod was designated for assignment by the Phillies last week when they signed free agent infielder Josh Harrison.
To make room on the 40-man roster, outfielder Khalil Lee was designated for assignment by the Mets.