*12.2.16 Update – ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that the Dodgers are interested in Andrew McCutchen*
The Dodgers have interest in McCutchen, sources say, and his relatively modest salary of $14 million in 2017 and his team option for $14.75 million in 2018 would help L.A. continue to shave away at its payroll, which could take a dramatic turn downward over the next couple of years.
Cespedes, Braun, Kinsler, and Dozier are just a few of the names that have been stirring around as possible targets for the Dodgers. It is known all across the baseball world that the Dodgers need a powerful right handed bat that they can toss in the middle of the lineup on an every day basis. Whether it is coming from free agency or a trade between the Dodgers and one of the other 29 teams in the league, a move needs to be made. The Dodgers currently have three question marks in their starting lineup with one of them being the makeup of the outfield. The Dodgers have the bodies to get them through the 2017 season, but it is time they make the splash and get someone to take them to the next level. That man’s name is Andrew McCutchen.
Cutch has been a cornerstone and the face of the Pirates franchise since he debuted for them in 2009. His award cabinet is filled with a large amount of accolades. He was the 2009 Rookie of the Year. He is a five time National League All-Star, a four time Silver Slugger winner and a Gold Glove winner in 2012. He has finished in the top five of NL MVP voting on four separate occasions, including 2013 when he won the coveted title. After a down year by his standards, maybe a change of scenery could do him some good. However, the Pirates would have to be willing to move him.
According to Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal, the Pirates were willing to move him to fellow National League powerhouse, the Washington Nationals, at the non-waiver trade deadline.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 10, 2016
The trade from an outsiders perspective makes sense on both ends. The Pirates would be able to get $28.5MM of their books, the block that is holding top-prospect Austin Meadows in the minors would be gone, and they could get a substantial haul for McCutchen. The Dodgers are in desperate need of a big bat that hits from the right side. McCutchen is not cheap, but he is not expensive by any means. This gives the team the financial flexibility to continue their pursuit of re-signing Turner and Jansen. They also have the prospects necessary to acquire a big name such as Andrew McCutchen.
So what might this trade look like? That is the hard part. You must give to receive; and you must give a lot to receive a lot. Andrew McCutchen is a lot for the Pirates to give, so you can imagine they expect just as much in return.
You can start it off by headlining the deal with Jose De Leon, the third most coveted arm in the Dodgers organization behind Kershaw and Urias. It’s a blow, but the Dodgers can afford it.
The second piece should fall somewhere in the Yusniel Diaz range; another top ten prospect in the organization. The outfielder finished his 2016 season in high-A ball at Rancho Cucamonga.
The third and final piece that could be added to the deal is Chase De Jong. He had a 2.86 ERA in 25 starts at double-A Tulsa before being promoted and finishing the season in Oklahoma City.
The final deal would be:
SP Jose De Leon
SP Chase De Jong
OF Yusniel Diaz
OF Andrew McCutchen
What do you think about a trade like this? Do you think the Dodgers are giving up too much or too little? Let us know in the comments below!