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.