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Rumor: Giants, Pirates talked McCutchen deal

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

According to a source, the Pittsburgh Pirates have talked to the San Francisco Giants about trading outfielder Andrew McCutchen to the Bay Area. It’s not clear who would return to the Steel City in return.

This is an alternative move should it happen as the Giants were rejected by former Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton. Stanton refused to waive his no-trade clause to join the Giants or the St. Louis Cardinals, despite both teams agreeing to the framework of a deal.

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen prays in the outfield (Getty Images)

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen prays in the outfield (Getty Images)

Ultimately, Stanton was traded to the New York Yankees on Saturday morning.

The 31-year-old has spent his entire career in the Burgh. He has dealt with trade rumors before, yet the Pirates decided to keep him the last time they considered trading him. The five-time All-Star made his debut with the Pirates in 2009.

McCutchen and his wife recently welcomed their first child into the world. Instead of going with a traditional name, the team with an untraditional name — yet a perfect name for Pittsburgh’s history — and named him Steel.

He rebounded this past season with a .279 batting average with 28 home runs and 88 RBI’s in 156 games. The 28 home runs were the most he had in a season since he had 31 home runs in 2012.

In fact, the 31 and 28 home runs were the most and second most in his career.

In his career, he has a .297 batting average with 203 home runs and 725 RBI’s in 1,346 games.

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