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Report: Pirates Want Andrew McCutchen Extension To Cover At Least One Free Agent Year

More Twitter! This time it's Jon Heyman on the Andrew McCutchen extension talks:

the are talking to andrew mccutchen about an extension but team is insisting on AT LEAST 5 year deal

This is good, if true. As we discussed last week, the four-year deal that the discussions were originally reported to be about would be a bad idea, because they would only buy out years that the Pirates controlled anyway, and would possibly make McCutchen more likely to walk after those four years. In exchange for setting McCutchen up for life, the Pirates need to be getting at least one extra year here.