As the San Francisco Giants looks to rebuild the outfield for 2019, a reunion with Andrew McCutchen could make some sense.
Some are under the impression that the San Francisco Giants will let the young guys play in the outfield, but I don’t think that’s the case.
I also don’t think it makes a lot of sense for them to go after Bryce Harper. Instead, they need to look to rebuild the offense with short-term deals.
A couple of reasons for this is that the window for the Giants is closing quickly — if it hasn’t already closed. It doesn’t make sense to get stuck in a lot of long contracts.
Plus, the Giants have a lot of good outfield prospects in their system and we need to see if they have what it takes to be everyday players at the major league level.
That’s another reason why I think having a guy like Andrew McCutchen could be great for this Giants team. He has the experience and leadership to help groom some of these outfield prospects of the Giants.
McCutchen is nowhere near the level of a player he was in 2015 when he finished fifth in the NL MVP voting, but he’s still a very good player.
In 130 games with the Giants last year he hit .255 with 65 runs scored, 28 doubles, 15 home runs, 55 RBI, 13 stolen bases, and a .357 on-base percentage.
He ended the season with 20 home runs after being traded to the New York Yankees.
Even after being traded, he still led the Giants in average, RBI, and OBP, while finishing second with those 15 home runs.
He’ll play next season at age 32 and will likely demand a four-year deal at around $15 million per.
I think the San Francisco Giants could sway him to come back to the Bay Area on a three-year deal with an option.
I think this move would make a lot sense for the Giants as they look to contend in 2019, while also helping bring along the young kids for the future.