San Francisco Giants acquire Andrew McCutchen from Pirates

Beth Cruz
January 16, 2018

Major League Baseball insider Ken Rosenthal reported Monday afternoon that sources said the San Francisco Giants have agreed to acquire outfielder Andrew McCutchen from the Pirates, pending a review of medical records. Before joining San Francisco, McCutchen will have to pass a physical with the team.

The trade has not been officially announced by either team, and it is unclear what Pittsburgh will receive in exchange for the five-time All-Star.

The 31-year-old McCutchen comes to San Francisco after nine years with the Pirates, including a MVP season in 2013. He is set to be a free agent after the 2018 season.

Following three seasons that reached (and ended quickly, granted) in October, the Pirates missed the playoffs in consecutive years, veered from 98 wins to 78 to 75, dealt ace Gerrit Cole to the Houston Astros on Saturday and two days later offloaded their franchise player, as well.

Andrew McCutchen is a member of the San Francisco Giants, which is the only logical move in my opinion.

Jon Heyman and Robert Murray of FanRag Sports first reported that trade talks between the two sides were intensifying. It's 2013 all over again in San Francisco.

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Pirates are expected to get pitching prospect Kyle Crick back in the deal in addition to one other prospect.

McCutchen batted.279 with 28 home runs and 88 RBIs last season. A four-time Silver Slugger, he has a career total of 203 home runs.

McCutchen is in the final year of his seven-year, $65M dollar contract. The club reportedly planned to play McCutchen in a corner, meaning the center field position remains wide open.

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