Pirates GM Neal Huntington has repeatedly said he is unlikely to trade OF Andrew McCutchen before Opening Day, yet interested teams continue to ask about him in trade, a source recently told the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo.
In late December, FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reported that the Mets have had trade talks to acquire a center fielder, including McCutchen. However, in the wake of Rosenthal's report, New York and Pittsburgh reporters cited a variety of team and industry sources who characterized a potential deal between the two teams as 'unlikely.'
For instance, a source told MLB.com's Anthony DiComo that negotiations between the Mets and Pirates about McCutchen had been "minor," and, "a trade is highly unlikely to materialize."
Instead, according to DiComo, the Mets expect to enter Spring Training with Curtis Granderson and Juan Lagares platooning in center field, with Michael Conforto also getting work at the position.