Pirates agree to trade 5-time All-Star Andrew McCutchen to Giants

Pirates agree to trade 5-time All-Star Andrew McCutchen to Giants

After nine fabulous seasons in Pittsburgh that saw McCutchen become a five-time All-Star, a four-time Silver Slugger Award victor, a Gold Glove victor in 2012, and National League MVP in 2013, his tenure in Pittsburgh has come to an end. He had a fairly miserable 2016 season on the offensive side, then was moved out of center field until the Pirates were caught short there, but rebounded in 2017 to post an.849 OPS and 28 home runs.

That is, the Pirates have chose to play for another day.

Just two days after the Pittsburgh Pirates traded Gerrit Cole, it seems they're trading another player. Pittsburgh doesn't get anything from playing guys like Freese or Cervelli next year.

Were the Pirates still a contending team, they likely would've held on to McCutchen.

McCutchen is in the final year of his seven-year, $65M dollar contract. Meeting McCutchen's asking price in free agency would put a big strain on Pittsburgh's payroll, which is to say nothing about whether re-signing an aging outfielder during a rebuilding period is a sensible use of the team's resources.

Initial reports have not mentioned what the Pirates will be getting back from the Giants in exchange for their top star.

As it stands today, McCutchen owns a career batting average of.291 alongside 203 home runs, 725 RBIs and a.379 on-base percentage.

At this time, the return is not yet known. Admittedly, Cain would be vastly superior to McCutchen to patrol center field.

After the Giants lost 97 games in 2017 and after both Giancarlo Stanton and Shohei Ohtani rejected moves to San Francisco earlier this offseason, it was more than fair to say that Giants general manager Bobby Evans was left in a precarious spot.

Related news: