It's official: McCutchen inks multi-year deal with Pirates

March 6, 2012 2:27 pm
  • Pittsburgh Pirates Chariman Bob Nutting and Andrew McCutchen make official McCutchen's new contract with the club.
    Pittsburgh Pirates Chariman Bob Nutting and Andrew McCutchen make official McCutchen's new contract with the club.
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BRADENTON, Fla. -- Negotiations that stretched over the past two seasons officially came to a close today when the Pirates announced a six-year contract with star outfielder Andrew McCutchen.

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"We're not signing a baseball player," principal owner Bob Nutting said at a news conference at McKechnie field. "We're signing a person we believe in greatly."

McCutchen's new contract will pay him at least $51.5 million through the 2017 season, with a chance to earn $64.75 million should the Pirates exercise a club option for the 2018 season.

McCutchen said he always wanted to stay with the Pirates.

"It's almost like getting drafted all over again," McCutchen said. "It's almost like being married, and you renew your vows. ... It felt like I was home here."

Michael Sanserino: msanserino@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1722 or on Twitter @msanserino.
First Published 2012-03-06 12:05:09

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