The Giants have been blunt about not wanting to cross the $197 million threshold for tax purposes. Crossing that line would cause a huge financial penalty and limit what they can do in the off-season.
With rumors that the Giants will go after Bryce Harper, McCutchen might not be the long-term answer in right field anyway.
The former Pirate has been good but not great for the Giants this year. He’s hitting just .255 in 101 games, but he’s scored 51 runs with 10 home runs and 43 RBI. He also has a solid on-base-percentage of .348 and 9 stolen bases.
The 31-year-old outfielder is a shell of his former self when he won the MVP in 2013. But I’m sure any contender looking for a veteran outfielder would love to have McCutchen on their team.
He’s a great clubhouse guy, and he could help give any team a lift down the stretch even if he isn’t someone that can carry a team at this point in his career.
With McCutchen’s contract up at the end of the year, the Giants could look to bring back the 10-year vet anyway. Meanwhile, trading him would bring back some minor league prospects who could add depth to the farm.