Early in the season(when I said we should do whatever it takes to get Trumbo.) Everyone was talking about McCutchen's trade value as being in the top 5 in baseball. His skill set, age and contract put him right up there. I would now argue after the first half of the season that he is having and the media jumping behind him, that there is no other player in baseball who would be able to get the return Cutch could. Obviously I will throw out these blanket statements before anyone decides to derail me. McCutchen holds greater value as the face of the Pirates and we should not get rid of him. He is worth what another GM would pay for him. That being said, and looking at teams needs and their farm systems, what do we realistically think Cutch could bring back in a "major overpay."
Texas seems like a good place to start. The deal would have to be centered around Profor. Is it possible that Olt would also be netted? There have been rumblings that the rangers dont want to part with either for Upton, but could we get them both and then some for Cutch? Maybe a deal like Profor, Leoyns Martin, and Cody Buckel?
Baltimore would have quite an outfield with Cutch and Jones. Machado and Bundy??? Might be a little steep. But I would trade Tallion and Cole for Cutch so maybe this isn't completely out of line. Jon Schoop to complete the deal?
Kansas City looking to make a splash.. Wil Myer, Bubba Starling and Mike Montgemery?
Washington, Oakland, Seattle and San Diego are the only other teams that I can see having enough prospects to come close to Cutch, but not sure what deal would look right. Oakland has 6 pitchers in the top 100, 4 of them added to Tallion and Cole would net us a pretty awesome rotation in a couple of years.