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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: We understand the feeling, Pirates fans

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Giants keep adding other team’s franchise legends

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Pittsburgh Pirates Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco Giants made another splash move yesterday, trading for Pittsburgh Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen. The Giants are seemingly positioning themselves as either multiple team’s second favorite club (because they have their favorite team’s former star) or multiple team’s LEAST favorite club (because of the same reason).

For the Pirates, this marks the end of a tremendous career in Pittsburgh for McCutchen. In return for Cutch, the Pirates will receive RHP Kyle Crick and OF Bryan Reynolds (as well as $500k in international bonus pool money). Reynolds slots in as the team’s 4th best prospect, by MLB.com’s prospect rankings.

Sell off a franchise cornerstone is not easy and not pleasant, even if it may be necessary. If any team can empathize, it would be the Rays and our fans.