With the Mets lacking a true center fielder on their roster, rumors have began to swirl that the team has had preliminary discussions with the Pittsburgh Pirates regarding their star outfielder Andrew McCutchen. This has excited many Mets fans, as McCutchen has been a proven big-league superstar with an impressive track record. The center fielder is a five time all-star, a Gold Glove Award Winner, and was the National League MVP in 2013. Not to mention he has hit 20 or more home runs in six straights seasons, speaking to his consistency over the years. However, even with his accolades, does a McCutchen trade make sense for the Mets?
In some ways it would be a smart move. Andrew McCutchen would give the Mets a true center fielder,one that could be paired with star left fielder Yoenis Cespedes to give the team a formidable middle of the order presence. His bat would be a welcome sight in a lineup filled with inconsistency. However, it’s not as cut and dry as it seems. The Mets already have a crowded outfield, with Michael Conforto, Curtis Granderson, and Jay Bruce vying for two starting spots. General Manager Sandy Alderson has been trying to trade an outfielder this off season but with no luck yet. Alderson would likely have to get rid of two outfielders before even considering a trade for McCutchen. Likewise, McCutchen’s performance level took a dip this past season. Although he did hit 20 homeruns, his batting average dipped nearly 40 points and he posted his first single digits steals season of his career. Coupled with the fact that the Mets would likely have to part ways with some very talented players to land McCutchen, this move doesn’t seem all that dandy when you really look at it.
It remains to be seen what will be done but a trade for Andrew McCutchen although interesting, may not be in the best interest for the Metropolitans.