McCutchen: “Pirates Can Play With Anyone”

Source: Associated Press

PiratesAndrew McCutchen might be the best player on the Pittsburgh Pirates, but he’s not their chief recruiter.

The All-Star center fielder doesn’t plan to make any calls to right-hander A.J. Burnett, right fielder Marlon Byrd or any of Pittsburgh’s other free agents in attempts to talk them into staying.

The Pirates ended their streak of 20 losing seasons, the longest in the history of the four major professional sports, by going 94-68 this year.

McCutchen acknowledged wondering what might have been as he watched the NL champion Cardinals lose to the Boston Red Sox in the World Series.

“We took the Cardinals to the limit, gave them everything we had, so it was hard not to think that it could have been us playing the Red Sox,” McCutchen said. “I think we proved in the playoffs that we could play with anyone.”

The Pirates’ mission next season will be to prove they were not one-year wonders.