Superstar center fielder Andrew McCutchen will be remaining on the Pirate ship for the foreseeable future.
The Pirates' best player, and one of the best players in all of Major League Baseball signed a six-year, $51 million dollar deal late last night to keep him in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.
You have to give Neal Huntington a lot of credit for locking up a player like this for a long time. From the sounds of it, the deal could be a steal along the lines of the Jose Tabata deal if McCutchen continues to show growth on the field.
McCutchen is a symbol of the new attitude surrounding the Pittsburgh Pirates and is a great player to have as the "face of the franchise." He's definitely a lot of fun to watch play the game and a crucial part of the Pirates future.
This news has to be a shock to the blind haters of the Nutting regime who feel that the team will never spend money to be competitive.
I think this move, plus the move last year to lock up Tabata, plus moves to bring in A.J. Burnett and Erik Bedard show this team is headed in the right direction.
The team and its fan base needed some good news after the freak bunting accident broke the orbital bone in A.J. Burnett's face. The injury will force the pitcher to miss 8-12 weeks.
Major kudos Neal Huntington!