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Pirates bet on Andrew McCutchen

All-Star center fielder's six-year, $51.5M deal for a positive step for Pittsburgh

Updated: March 6, 2012, 8:41 PM ET
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

BRADENTON, Fla. -- It hasn't been just the losing that's hurt.

In Pittsburgh, the pain of these past 19 seasons has extended far beyond the standings. It has been felt in the old transactions column. It has shown up in the rumor mill. And it has hit home, especially in the goodbyes.

In Pittsburgh, the Pirates have spent nearly two decades waving adios to folks such as Jason Bay. And Brian Giles. And Aramis Ramirez. And pretty much every other rising star who has passed through ...

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