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Bucs reportedly agree to deal with McCutchen for 6 years, $51.5 million
March 5, 2012 - Cory Giger
This is good news for Pirates fans: The Bucs and CF Andrew McCutchen have agreed on a contract for six years and $51.5 million, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (see link to the right).
That's an affordable amount for the team, and if McCutchen becomes as good as everyone thinks he can -- .290+, 30+ HRs, 100+ RBIs every year -- he would be a steal in the final few years of that contract.
It's a risk, sure, for a small-market team, to spend that kind of money. But McCutchen is 1,000 times more worthy of this kind of deal than Jason Kendall was of his ridiculous 6-year, $60 million contract more than a decade ago.