Andrew McCutchen, talking to the Post-Gazette about an extension with the Pirates:
"We definitely want to work something out but that's nothing that I can control right now," he said. "All I can do is get ready for the season and get things right. I'll let everything else take care of itself."
Of course, it's not really true that he can't control signing an extension with the Pirates, unless he means that he doesn't worry about these things at all and his agent does it all for him. I read it differently, though, as him saying that the Pirates have asked him to do something he has no interest in doing -- sign a contract that locks him down for one or two of his first free agency years -- and neither side is has any intention on budging at the moment, so there's nothing no one can do.
McCutchen's free agency is still a ways away, of course, and so there's plenty of time for the Pirates to take advantage of McCutchen's talents before even worrying about him leaving. Who knows maybe an 85-win season in 2012 makes 'Cutch more amenable to a deal that keeps him in Pittsburgh in 2016 or 2017. It's always worth remembering, though, that nothing in the world can make a player play for a team longer than he absolutely has to, and that a contract negotiation always has two sides.
I thought that was a little odd, too. You've probably got the right interpretation, though I hope it's not that he has NO interest in playing additional years in Pittsburgh.
I always wonder if we could appeal to a player's ego rather than his checkbook. If the Pirates win a World Series you're looking at at least one statue, Andrew McCutchen Boulevard, people naming their sons Andrew and their dogs Cutch. Heck, maybe people even naming their daughters Andrew. Pittsburgh loves its sports heroes. Twenty years from now you'll probably still see people wearing Lambert jerseys, and Lemieux, and Clemente and Stargell. You could add McCutchen to that list, or you could go be overpaid in New York. Hit a go-ahead home run in the eight inning of game seven of the World Series for the Yankees and see how long it takes to get traded out of town.
Right now, A-Cutch has the lion's share of the leverage in respect to an extension with the PBC, and you can't fault the man for using it.