Although talks remain stalled, the Pirates are willing to work out a multiyear contract with center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
A team source Sunday told the Tribune-Review that the Pirates do not consider the initial gap of about $10 million between the sides to be insurmountable.
McCutchen, the No. 11 pick in the 2005 draft, turned down offers before the 2010 and '11 seasons. No substantial talks have been held since last year, when the sides were far apart on financial terms.
McCutchen's camp likes the $51 million deals given to Arizona's Justin Upton and Cincinnati's Jay Bruce, two other standout outfielders from the 2005 draft class. The Pirates prefer a package closer to $40 million. Sunday, the Washington Nationals and third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, the fourth pick in 2005, agreed to a six-year extension worth $100 million.
Pirates flexible in contract talks with All-Star outfielder McCutchen
Pittsburgh Tribune Review | Feb 27