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Mets and Pirates have discussed a trade for Andrew McCutchen

A deal isn’t said to be close, though.

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The Mets and Pirates have had trade discussions about former NL MVP Andrew McCutchen, according to Ken Rosenthal. But Rosenthal also mentioned that a deal between the two is not imminent, as the Mets are weighing multiple moves on both the trade and free agent fronts.

For the 2018 season, McCutchen could make sense for the Mets. Coming off the worst season of his career in 2016, during which he posted career lows in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and bWAR, McCutchen rebounded in 2017. While he wasn’t the same player he was during his run of five consecutive All-Star-Games from 2011 through 2015, he was still a good player. He hit 28 home runs with 11 stolen bases and a 121 OPS+ in 156 games. For a team like the Mets that only saw one player hit more than 28 home runs—and only one player steal more than 11 bases—last season, McCutchen could provide something they need.