Greetings from the All Star break.
Sitting in 4th place in a throughly disappointing division the Pirates currently have a 42-47 record. What started as a promising season was quickly derailed through injury, suspension, and visa issues with the Korean government. Now the Buccos must look to shape their roster for the future, with the goal of getting a head start on competing in the 2018 season.
Their first opportunity will be the upcoming trade deadline.
At the heart of the trade discussion is face of the franchise Andrew McCutchen, in his 9th major league season, heating up after a harsh start to 2017.
The truth is it is impossible to say whether or not trading Cutch is a good or bad decision without knowing who the Pirates would get in return, making the definite opinions of fellow Pirates fans be it pro or con fairly ridiculous.
To keep McCutchen is to have your veteran leader in tact for the 2018 run, it is to keep a wary fan base appeased, it is to finally shed the small market malaise and commit to paying an icon.