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Are the Pittsburgh Pirates better without Andrew McCutchen?

The Pittsburgh Pirates are shipping former National League MVP Andrew McCutchen to the San Francisco Giants for a pitcher, minor league prospect and cash. Cutch has been the heart and soul of this Pirates team since his rookie debut in 2009, but he is aging and the Pirates cannot afford to keep him anymore. Still, his value extends beyond the baseball field and he is a productive player. What do you think? ⚾ 

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Andrew McCutchen was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2005, and arguably revitalized baseball by himself while on the team. In his nine years with the team, we went to five All-Star games and won a National League MVP. Was it the right move to trade him?

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Pittsburgh was good with McCutchen, but he was never able to the get the team over the top. The Pirates were never able to make it past the divisional round of the playoffs, and have failed to qualify for the postseason the last two years. It was time to blow the team up.

McCutchen is 31, and the decline is already starting. The team needed to make a move while his value was still high and the team got a decent haul for him. With these pieces, the organization can rebuild. As much as it hurts, trading the face of the franchise was a good move.

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Baseball is a results-driven game, and the Pirates haven't had many good ones lately. But it hasn't been McCutchen's fault. He was the scapegoat for a franchise unwilling to pay their star player for almost single-handedly making baseball cool again in Pittsburgh. The team's frugality has caused it to falter and make a mistake. The Pirates should have never traded McCutchen.

He was supposed to be the next Pittsburgh baseball legend, like Roberto Clemente. Last year, he was on his way back to MVP form, knocking out 28 home runs and bringing in 88 runs. He still had plenty left in the tank to give to the city he called home for nine seasons. He just needed help. This is a terrible move for the Pirates.

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Are the Pittsburgh Pirates better without Andrew McCutchen?
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A festive crown for the winner
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