Are the Pirates actually interesting in winning? Maybe.
They've racked up a record 19 straight losing seasons but today announced the signing of electrifying center fielder Andrew McCutchen to a 6-year, 51-million dollar contract extension.
I don't know what McCutchen was thinking but he didn't consult with me. I would have told the All-Star that he should get to free agency and make a killing with a franchise that actually has a shot to get to the World Series. But he didn't ask me.
McCutchen is a joy to watch. He started developing power last season as his 23 homers would attest. He knocked in 89 runs and he still has his best days ahead. His .259 average a year ago was low by his standards but I wouldn't be surprised, with his speed, if the 25-year old becomes a perennial .300 hitter.
The Pirates got a steal in signing McCutchen to a contract that is less than 9-million a season.
I just thought of something. Pirates pitcher Daniel McCutchen, no relation to Andrew and if you saw them standing together you would know why, made 401-thousand dollars last season. I think it would be pretty funny if Daniel McCutchen's wife saw the headline in the sports section that read, "McCutchen Signs 6-Year, 51-Million Dollar Deal." She probably would be in for a letdown.
Back to the issue at hand. Andrew McCutchen should be a Pirate for a long time. He's a great building block for the once-proud franchise. For his sake, I hope they won't be six more painful, losing seasons.