The Giants and Pirates are discussing Andrew McCutchen

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Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Giants and the Pirates have “remained in contact” regarding Andrew McCutchen.

McCutchen started off slowly in 2017 but then went on a tear in June and July, slumped again in August but then was strong again in September. When it was all said and done he hit .279/.363/.486 with 28 homers, which is not too shabby. The Pirates exercised their $14.5 million option on McCutchen earlier this month.

2018 will be McCutchen’s tenth year as a Pirate but his last year under contract. It’s thus not too crazy to think that the Pirates might shop him in trades this offseason or early next season if he gets off to a quick start. It’s likewise not too crazy to think that the Giants, who are in desperate need of an outfielder and some offense, might be interested.