On Monday, the Pittsburgh Pirates traded franchise cornerstone Andrew McCutchen to the San Francisco Giants as part of a three-player deal. But before the Pirates and Giants reached an agreement -- and before the New York Mets signed Jay Bruce -- the Pirates and Mets discussed a potential swap for McCutchen. There was just one problem: the Mets were unwilling to move Brandon Nimmo, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Yes, really: The Mets recently balked at the Pittsburgh Pirates' request for outfielder Brandon Nimmo in a trade for outfielder Andrew McCutchen, according to major league sources, reaching agreement with free agent outfielder Jay Bruce on a three-year, $39 million deal instead. Rosenthal notes that while the Mets could still use Nimmo as the centerpiece for a Josh Harrison trade, their reluctance to trade him for one year of McCutchen could speak to a grander philosophy, in which they'd rather spend money on free agents than deal young talent.
Mets passed at the chance to trade for Andrew McCutchen
CBS Sports | Jan 16