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Source: Pirates not trading CF McCutchen

Monday, Nov. 28, 2011

The Pirates have not entertained any trade offers for All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen, a high-ranking team source said Monday, and have no intention of doing so.

An ESPN report yesterday said the team would listen to offers for McCutchen this offseason. The team source emphatically denied that and added that McCutchen will remain in Pittsburgh for the foreseeable future.

McCutchen, 25, is coming off his finest season, batting .259 with a career-high 23 home runs. For several months, the Pirates and McCutchen tried to work out a long-term extension, but that fizzled by late summer. The team controls McCutchen's rights for four more seasons; he cannot become a free agent until after the 2015 season.

• The Pirates released outfielder Xavier Paul after he cleared waivers. Paul batted .254 with two homers and 20 RBI in 121 games with the Pirates last season.

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