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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Steigerwald: McCutchen signing nothing more than Pirates doing good business

Change your thoughts, and you change your Steigerwald.

The Pirates are to be congratulated. They signed Andrew McCutchen to a six-year, $51.5-million dollar deal a few days ago.

McDonald’s also is to be congratulated.

They opened for lunch.

...So, the Pirates did exactly what any real Major League Baseball team would do and signed him. Talk shows, websites and blogs were full of Pirates fans proclaiming that this was a sign that the team is committed to winning. It’s not.

It’s a sign that the Pirates are interested in maintaining the notion that they’re committed to winning and, if they catch lightning in a bottle with their young players, then they might even finish above .500 one of these years. But, by signing McCutchen, they assured themselves of getting a good, but not great, player at a reasonable price. Five years from now, $9 million will get you a nice utility player.

There is a club option in 2018 for $14.75 million.

If the Nuttings don’t choke on that number and pay that kind of money to McCutchen and a few other players, that would be considered a major commitment to winning as opposed to a major commitment to not stinking.

Repoz Posted: March 11, 2012 at 08:05 AM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. JE (Jason) Posted: March 11, 2012 at 10:15 AM (#4078477)
McDonald’s also is to be congratulated.

They opened for lunch.

I guess Mr. Steigerwald has never heard of the Egg McMuffin.
   2. DiPoto Cabengo Posted: March 12, 2012 at 12:13 PM (#4078841)
They're extending James McDonald also?

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