The San Francisco Giants have acquired Andrew McCutchen from the Pirates in exchange for Kyle Crick and Bryan Reynolds.
Andrew McCutchen is a member of the San Francisco Giants, which is the only logical move in my opinion.
The price for free agent corner outfielders was likely too high and so was the price for Lorenzo Cain. So now we have Andrew McCutchen as a member of the Giants. It’s 2013 all over again in San Francisco.
McCutchen has spent his entire career in Pittsburgh, much like Evan Longoria did with the Rays.
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He is at the end of a large contract, going into his walk year. He’s owed $14.5 million. McCutchen debuted in 2009 finishing fourth in the rookie of the year voting. His career slashline so far is .291/.379/.478/.866.
He has hit 203 career home-runs and finished in the top five of the MVP vote four years in a row, winning in 2013.
McCutchen has played mainly centerfield for the pirates but the Giants will likely change that as his advanced numbers in center don’t really check out.
The rumor is they will play him in right field, which makes sense. He’ll have to spend some time with Hunter Pence learning that carom of the wall though.
The Giants likely have one more move in them to bring in a good defensive CF, which one could assume is likely Cameron Maybin, Austin Jackson, or Jarrod Dyson. Any three would do the trick and would be cheap for a two or three year contract. Expect the Giants to land one of those three.
Kyle Crick is reportedly a part of the trade, according to Alex Pavlovic. Crick looked good in his bullpen appearances with the big league last year. Bryan Reynolds is also headed to the Pirates. The 2016 second round draft pick had a successful first campaign with the Giants