Big Splash to come from Pirates?

The Pirates ultimate plan this off-season was to trade Andrew McCutchen and his $14 million a year salary for a prospect heavy return that would have the Pirates putting that money into the starting rotation, via trade and free agency.

Today the Pirates resigned Ivan Nova to a three year, $26 million contract, which averages out to $8.6 million per season. The Pirates top trade target, White Sox ace Jose Quintana is scheduled to make $6 million in 2017.

It’s still early enough in the off-season where the Pirates Plan A could still fall into place by spring training.

Despite the face the Pirates have put on in the past two weeks in telling anyone who will listen that they expect Andrew McCutchen to be a Pirate in 2017, the Pirates desire is to still trade McCutchen before the season starts.

The team right now behind the scenes is pushing a McCutchen trade just as hard as they were leading up to the Winter Meetings, sources tell TIOPS. To read this insider news, subscribe to get “Inside Access”!