Andrew McCutchen Potential Trade Fit: Los Angeles Dodgers
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Although the Dodgers do not have any proven commodities to offer the Pirates, they have one of the best farm systems in the league. If the Pittsburgh Pirates could pull De Leon and another prospect or Alvarez and Verdugo from the Dodgers in a deal, they would do quite well for themselves. As mentioned earlier in the article, the Pittsburgh Pirates need to take the deal that offers them the most value. Yes it would be great to get a proven pitcher, but are you sacrificing value for help now? The Pirates tried to trade for immediate help last year when dealing Walker for Niese, and it backfired.
The talks should center around the Bucs trying to get Jose De Leon, who has some MLB experience. If they are able to work a deal for De Leon, one other solid prospect, the Pirates should take it. Now, if the Dodgers are unwilling to move De Leon, the Bucs must acquire Verdugo and Alvarez for fair value. Chances are De Leon should be able to be acquired as the Dodgers already have Urias and several veterans under contract.
If the Bucs can any of the players mentioned above, then they should look to swing a deal with the Dodgers. Even if a deal is not struck, the two sides will definitely talk as they seem to be a good match. Plus Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington has a trade history with the Dodgers as recent as 2015 in the Tabata and Morse trade. So yes, these two sides definitely make sense to link up for an Andrew McCutchen trade.