According to a report from Jon Paul Morosi, the Giants have been engaged in talks with the Pittsburgh Pirates regarding Andrew McCutchen. However, he says the Giants' reluctance to part with any of their top prospects, especially after trading a top prospect in the Evan Longoria deal last month, could stand in the way of a trade.
The Giants remain active in their hunt to improve in the outfield.
Rosenthal explained NY is looking at a number of different options for changes to its roster and called free-agent signings "more realistic than trades given lack of depth in system". In fact, none of the top 100 prospects in MLB.com's most recent rankings are in the Mets' system.
The four-time Silver Slugger award victor posted a 0.279/0.363/0.486 slash line in 156 games with the Pirates last season, and he also had 28 home runs, 11 stolen bases, 88 runs batted in, and 30 doubles in 650 plate appearances.
He will make just under $15 million in 2018 before becoming an unrestricted free agent next winter.
Aside from McCutchen, the Giants have also expressed interest in acquiring Cincinnati Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton this offseason.
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