BY TYLER BYRUM
The Washington Nationals and Pittsburgh Pirates are in serious conversations to send former N.L. MVP Andrew McCutchen to D.C., according to ESPN and other outlets.
After rumors of the two teams discussing the trade prior to this season's trade deadline, this appears to be a deal that both sides are looking to move forward on this week.
In return the Pirates are interested in outfield prospect, Victor Robles, and younger pitchers, Joe Ross and Reynaldo Lopez.
ESPN's Jayson Stark noted that the rumored move could have a ripple effect:
The Nationals, according to one exec, would like to make this deal today, because the ripple effect of trading for McCutchen would likely be a move to nontender shortstop Danny Espinosa before tomorrow's tender date.
McCutchen has a $14 million contract next season with an option for $14.5 million in 2018. McCuthchen, a five-time All-Star and four-time Silver Slugger winner, won the 2013 National League MVP award on the back of 21 home runs, 84 RBIs and 28 stolen bases.
Adding McCutchen to centerfield would give the Nationals one of the best outfields in the league with McCutchen joining Jayson Werth and Bryce Haper.
Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon was named National League Comeback Player of the Year on Tuesday. The award is voted on by the 30 beat writers for MLB.com.
Coming off an injury-filled 2015 season, Rendon bounced back to be one of the most consistent players on the team in 2016. The Houston native started a career-high 156 games and hit .270 with 20 homers, 85 RBI and 91 runs scored. In 2015 in which he played only 80 games, Rendon's wins above replacement was 0.3. In 2016 his WAR jumped to 4.1.
After a 95-win, NL East winning season, a few of the Nationals players have gained recognition for their stellar play this season. In addition to Rendon's Comeback Player of the Year award, Max Scherzer won the NL Cy Young, Daniel Murphy finished second in MVP voting, Trea Turner was second in Rookie of the Year voting, and Dusty Baker finished third in NL Manager of the Year award voting.