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What do you mean by "same offensive value?" They both use bats to hit balls? Statistically, McCutchen and Carlos Gonzalez are nearly the same player offensively, except CarGo has the fortune of playing at Coors Field. If you check out CarGo's hitting stats on the road, they are very close to McCutchen's when you even the at-bats. McCutchen gets a lot more walks though. He may not be the best player offensively, but it's a great move by the Pirates to lock him in long term.
I'm not necessarily deeming this a poor move by the Pirates. I'm very pleased they've finally taken the initiative to resign a key player. I'm merely pointing out that if this is the guy the Bucs' plan to build the franchise around, they've made a mistake. Pittsburgh has some incredible pitching talent in the minor leagues -- more than enough to get by. They should trade one of the top arms (such as Stetson Allie) for a young bat.
But I think we can all agree that this was a much needed deal for the Pirates. Had the management not locked up McCutchen, the fans would've gone into a full-scale revolt. And with McCutchen being the center-piece of a young nucleus, this is something that will be great over the next few years.
The Pirates will never be successful when the offensive charge is led by Andrew McCutchenn. Sure, he hit 23 home runs last season, so did about 50 other guys in Major League Baseball.
Like I said, I'm not saying McCutchenn is a bad player, he's obviously very talented. However, Pittsburgh is better off investing that money in a more elite prospect. Look at his minor league statistics, he's never shown signs of power until now. What makes you think he can keep it up?
Last edited by Mr. Baseball; 03-05-2012 at 11:26 PM.
Let's face it, Pittsburgh isn't exactly a large market team. When they spend money, they need to make it count. If they invest in a player, it's a huge commitment.
Are you really using home runs to measure a players' offensive value? Because that's the way it seems.
Last edited by Mr. Baseball; 03-06-2012 at 07:31 AM.
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