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Andrew McCutchen’s steep decline in 2016 has been the talk of baseball. Five Thirty Eight did a stunning piece a few weeks ago on just how bad of a season he is having for a superstar player in his prime and how the numbers say a major turnaround is not likely in the years ahead.
The pressing issue for the Pirates’ brass internally is coaches want to get McCutchen the hell out of centerfield (despite what Clint Hurdle might be saying through the media).
It’s always been a touchy subject.
As long as McCutchen continued to be a great hitter, the Pirates intended to live with him not being the best centerfielder on the roster. At least management intended to live with it.
Pirate insiders, though, say a breaking point is bound to happen this winter.
Chatter around the league is many baseball insiders feel the relationship between the Pirates and McCutchen could hit a boiling point this winter.
The Pirates intention this off-season is to move McCutchen out of centerfield in what some close to the situation feel could be the end of McCutchen’s career in Pittsburgh. “It’s going to happen Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"