ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 26: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits a one run single against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on August 26, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)
"We have been in discussions before but not now," agent Steve Hammond said. "It didn't lead anywhere, so there have been no more discussions. Now it's time to focus on playing baseball and winning games. We'll see what happens down the road."
Too bad, but it sounds like the two sides just have different ideas of what McCutchen is worth right now. The Bucs are going to have to pay a whole lot more for McCutchen than they did for Jose Tabata, due to McCutchen being a much better player and also closer to arbitration. I'm sure Neal Huntington knows this, however, and isn't holding out for the sort of deal that would make McCutchen's agent quit.