MLB Rumors: Andrew McCutchen Returns to Pirates;  Marlins shopping entrees;  Reds sign Luke Weaver

MLB Rumors: Andrew McCutchen Returns to Pirates; Marlins shopping entrees; Reds sign Luke Weaver

MLB Rumors: Andrew McCutchen Returns to Pirates;  Marlins shopping entrees;  Reds sign Luke Weaver

Pitchers and catchers are showing up sooner than you think, but in the meantime, hot stove season continues. Speaking of which, below is Friday’s MLB rumor offering.

Pirates and McCutchen forge a reunion

The Pirates and outfielder/franchise legend Andrew McCutchen have agreed to a one-year contract pending a physical, Jason Mackey Reporting. Mackey adds that the deal will be worth $5 million if finalized.

McCutchen, 36, is coming off a 2022 season with the Brewers in which he cut .237/.316/.384 with 17 homers in 134 games as the first DH. Over the past three seasons, McCutchen has implemented a OPS+ of 104 in 335 games overall.

The signing is particularly notable because McCutchen spent the first nine seasons of his MLB career with Pittsburgh, who originally drafted him with the 11th overall pick in 2005. During those nine seasons with the Pirates, McCutchen was one of the best baseball players. . He achieved a 136 OPS+ as a hacker with 203 homers, 292 doubles and 171 stolen bases. Along the way, he’s won an NL MVP award, finished top five in MVP voting on three other occasions, made five All-Star teams, won a Gold Glove, and authored a WAR of 40.4. In related areas, the Pirates had some of their best seasons in many years, and McCutchen, as a beloved star of those teams, established himself as the foundation of the franchise.

Pirates owner Bob Nutting has neglected his basic duties as steward of the franchise for years, but this addition will no doubt liven up a fanbase without further cause. As Buster Olney notes, McCutchen’s recall to Pittsburgh could cause some notable landmarks along the way:

Decline stage McCutchen isn’t shaking things up for the Pirates in NL Central, but basically it’s not really about it.

Marlins looking to trade starting pitchers

It’s no secret that the Marlins are looking to solve their chronically weak offense by trading from their impressive rotational depth. While defending Cy Young winner Sandy Alcantara is almost certainly off limits, other Miami starters may be on the block. As Jon Heyman reports, Pablo Lopez, Jesus Luzardo, Taylor Rogers and Edward Cabrera are all viable targets for teams looking to get rotational assist. L√≥pez, 26, in particular, is an attractive target, and Heyman notes the Twins have had discussions with the Marlins about him before. Miami’s recent signing of veteran starter Johnny Cueto makes it even more likely that they will trade one of their starting rotations.

Reds add Weaver to rotation mix

The Reds signed right-hander Luke Weaver to a one-year, $2 million deal, reports MLB.com. He will compete for a spot at the back of the rotation behind Hunter Greene, Nick Lodolo and Graham Ashcraft. Luis Cessa and Justin Dunn are also in the game. The Reds are Weaver’s fourth team in the past six months – he was traded from the Diamondbacks to the Royals in August, claimed waivers by the Mariners in October, then became a free agent when not submitted in November — and injuries have limited him to 101 mostly ineffective 1/3 innings over the past two years. Once a top prospect who was a key part of Paul Goldschmidt’s trade, 29-year-old Weaver offers the Reds more upside than the typical starter if he can stay healthy.

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