Pittsburgh Pirates: Making the Case for an Andrew McCutchen Reunion

PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 31: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Philadelphia Phillies tips his hat to the crowd before his at bat in the second inning during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on July 31, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 31: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Philadelphia Phillies tips his hat to the crowd before his at bat in the second inning during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on July 31, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images) /
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PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 11: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the San Francisco Giants in action against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on May 11, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Andrew McCutchen
PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 11: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the San Francisco Giants in action against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on May 11, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Andrew McCutchen /

Financially… it makes sense

With the Pittsburgh Pirates every thing comes down to finances. While many fans will, and understandably so, complain about Bob Nutting, it is not just the Pirates that this applies to. That said, financially, McCutchen makes sense for the Pirates.

During the 2021 season McCutchen was a 1.3 WAR player. Based on this he is worth somewhere in the $4-6 million per year range. This is something the Pittsburgh Pirates could easily afford. Hell, to be honest, the Pirates could afford to pay Cutch in the $7-10 million range.

In addition to what McCutchen would cost he makes sense in another way financially. This is due to the sales boost it would provide the Pirates. McCutchen would put butts in seats at PNC Park sooner than is anticipated. While the Pirates should really start to turn a corner late in the 2022 season and into 2023, having Cutch back would bring fans back to the ballpark sooner.

If Cutch is on the roster fans will flock to PNC Park for the season opener on March 31st to see his return to Pittsburgh. It would also bring a lot of casual fans back to the ballpark to see their favorite Pirate. There would also be a big boost in merchandise sales due to the amount of Cutch gear that would be sold.