Mets Still Discussing McCutchen, Harrison Deal

Stephen Marcus of Newsday reports that the Mets are still talking to the Pittsburgh Pirates about a deal to acquire Andrew McCutchen and Josh Harrison.

Harrison hit .272/.339/.432 this past season with a career-high of 16 home runs with 47 RBIs that gave him a wRC+ of 104.

His best value might be in his defense, though. At second base, Harrison recorded six defensive runs saved last season and has 22 for his career at the keystone. He also recorded two defensive runs saved at third base last season and 19 for his career.

Harrison is under control for the next three seasons and will make $10.5 million this season while McCutchen will make $14.5 million and will be a free agent after 2018.

Original Post- January 5 

The New York Mets have talked to the Pittsburgh Pirates this offseason about making a deal for outfielder Andrew McCutchen according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Rosenthal also states that no deal is imminent and that free agency appears the more realistic avenue for the Mets to improve given their lack of depth in the farm system.

The Mets and Pirates discussed McCutchen last offseason too when he was coming off from a miserable 2016 season. On Thursday, it was reported that the San Francisco Giants were interested in the former MVP as well as they look to add some offense to a team that had trouble scoring runs in 2017.

McCutchen, 31, had a bounce-back season in 2017 with 30 doubles, 28 home runs, 88 RBI, 121 OPS+ and 2.5 WAR. He saw a jump in his BB% from 10.2% to 11.1% and his K% dropped from 21.2% to 17.8%.

The former Gold Glover continued his issues in the field however with -15 DRS in center field after posting -28 DRS in 2016. Cutch did play 13 games in right field with 2 DRS and that is certainly where he should be playing going forward.

The Mets have also shown interest in Jay Bruce who already has two multi-year offers on the table.

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