Heyman: Nationals discussing Andrew McCutchen trade with Pirates

Pittsburgh Pirates Center field Andrew McCutchen (22) during the Major League Baseball game between the Miami Marlins and Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pa. (Photo by Mark Alberti/ Icon Sportswire)
(Mark Alberti/ Icon Sportswire)

The Washington Nationals are talking to the Pittsburgh Pirates about outfielder Andrew McCutchen, sources confirm to FanRag Sports. The Pirates have made McCutchen available and the Nationals have a number of prospects Pittsburgh may be interested in.

FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Pirates are targeting 19-year-old Nationals prospect Victor Robles. Robles spent 2016 at three different levels in Washington’s system, including 41 games at high-A Potomac.

The Nationals also have highly-touted pitching prospects in Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez as well as Joe Ross.

ESPN’s Jayson Stark reports that the Nationals would like to get a deal done sooner rather than later in an effort to make corresponding moves.

After five consecutive All-Star seasons from 2011-2015, McCutchen struggled in 2016. He hit for a career-low .256 while swatting 24 home runs. He drove in 79 runs (his lowest total since 2010) and scored 81 runs (lowest since 2009 rookie year). He also stole a career-low six bases.

The Pirates missed the postseason for the first time since the 2012 season, finishing third in the NL Central in 2016 with a 78-83 record.

The Nationals won the NL East with a record of 95-67. They lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 in the NLDS.

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