Trade talks have apparently heated up between the Nationals and the Pirates and the Nationals are said to be quite close to picking up the superstar outfielder. According to Ken Rosenthal the key piece headed back to Pittsburgh is 19 year old outfield prospect Victor Robles.
Robles, a speedy center fielder who hit .280/.376/.423 with 34 extra-base hits and 37 steals in 110 games mostly in Class A in 2016, was rated the 29th-best prospect in baseball by MLB.com before the 2016 season and ranked 33rd by Baseball America.
McCutchen is coming off a down season, hitting .256/.336/.430, a 103 OPS+, with 24 home runs and 26 doubles in 153 games. That was, by far, his worst of his eight major league seasons, after averaging .299/.391/.499, a 146 OPS+, 23 home runs, 35 doubles, 94 runs, 84 RBI, and 22 steals from 2010-15.
McCutchen turned 30 in October and has one year plus a club option remaining on his contract.
The addition of McCutchen would allow the Nats to move Trea Turner to his natural position of shortstop.