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MLB Trade Rumors: Latest Buzz on Andrew McCutchen, Miguel Cabrera, More

Hot-stove season is upon us, which means trade rumors are starting to fly at a fast and furious pace as teams across Major League Baseball seek to retool their rosters and gear up for title runs in 2017. 

And with big names like Andrew McCutchen and Miguel Cabrera surfacing in advance of this year's winter meetings, the rumor mill shouldn't stop churning anytime soon. 

Here's a rundown of the latest buzz from across MLB


Pirates Entertaining Offers for McCutchen

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals were reportedly engaged in trade talks centered around McCutchen at the non-waiver trade deadline, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, but the discussions didn't yield a completed deal.

However, those trade talks may have been indicative of the Pirates' larger desire to move McCutchen at some point in the near future. 

"The talks, while unlikely to revive because of differences in McCutchen's perceived value, amount to the strongest indication yet that the Pirates are willing to move their five-time All-Star and franchise player," Rosenthal wrote. 

A day after Rosenthal's news broke, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington disclosed the Pirates have been open to hearing proposals regarding their star center fielder, according to the Associated Press' Ronald Blum

They recognize that we haven't been adverse to moving guys as their contract nears expiration. It's a part of how we believe we need to do things to continue to be competitive and continue to give ourselves a shot to win. If they see his name out there, they do what we do. If a really good player's name gets popped out there, we make a call just to make sure we do our due diligence and to see if there might be a fit.

The five-time All-Star is coming off a down year at the plate that saw him bat .256 with a .336 on-base percentage, 24 home runs and 79 RBI, and based on his contractual status, it would make sense for the Pirates to shop the 30-year-old. 

McCutchen is owed $14 million in 2017 and has a club option for $14.5 million in 2018, so if Pittsburgh doesn't want to invest more money in the aging outfielder long term, dealing him now for younger, cost-controlled pieces would be a prudent move. 

When it comes to potential buyers, contenders in win-now mode could do much worse than McCutchen

Although he could be starting to decline following a year that saw him finish with minus-0.7 wins above replacement, the 2013 NL MVP would be an upgrade in center for a load of prospective title hopefuls, and he could help shift the league's balance of power. 


Astros Eyeing Cabrera? 

The Houston Astros are reportedly looking for a superstar addition, and they're not afraid to pay for one. 

According to MLB Network's Jon Morosi, that could mean making offers to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for Cabrera: 

However, the Astros' history suggests that dealing for Cabrera doesn't align with their standard operating procedure. 

"Cabrera, 33, is guaranteed $212 million over the next seven seasons," the Houston Chronicle's Jake Kaplan wrote. "The Astros under Jim Crane's ownership group have not spent more than $47.5 million on a single player (Yulieski Gurriel)." 

Kaplan also noted that Cabrera would need to approve any trade to the Astros, which would also complicate matters for the AL West hopefuls. 

Furthermore, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow pumped the breaks on rumors that Cabrera could be Houston-bound. 

"I was asked, 'Would we consider a trade for a Hall of Fame-caliber first baseman,' and we're considering everything," he said, per Kaplan. "I think the media kind of ran with that."

In other words, don't bank on Cabrera suiting up for the Astros anytime soon. 


Rays Reportedly Intent on Dealing Pitching

The Tampa Bay Rays have a surplus of starting pitchers, and they appear intent on making a deal to take advantage of that as the offseason progresses.

The New York Post's Joel Sherman provided the details:  

"The demand is there," Rays general manager Erik Neander said, according to the Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin. "When you have really good players, especially in an area where there is need across the league, I think it certainly plays that way."

Topkin noted Chris Archer logically garners the most interest, but the 28-year-old told reporters he has "very good insight" he won't be traded this offseason. 

That leaves the cost-controlled likes of Jake Odorizzi and Drew Smyly as the Rays' most compelling potential trade chips for the time being. 

Among those two, Odorizzi would appear to be the more appealing pitcher to prospective buyers. 

The 26-year-old went 10-6 during the 2016 season, and he was steady to the tune of a 3.69 ERA, 1.194 WHIP and a mark of eight strikeouts per nine inningsSmyly, on the other hand, went 7-12 with a career-worst 4.88 ERA. 

Now, those numbers aren't necessarily indicative of Smyly's overall skill set, but considering Odorizzi is younger and has more upside, the Rays could likely net a more lucrative haul if they deal him to try to reinforce other areas of their lineup. 


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