After several years of trade rumors surrounding the former MVP Andrew McCutchen, the Pirates finally shipped him away in a package to the San Francisco Giants.
According to several sources, including Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Giants have agreed to acquire the five time All-Star centerfielder who has spent all nine season of his career in Pittsburgh. McCutchen will immediately slot in as the everyday centerfielder in San Francisco, a team who has been in desperate need of someone to fill that position.
Cutch is five years removed from his MVP winning season, but has still put up impressive numbers in the years following. In 156 games last year, he slashed an impressive .279/.363/.486 with a 121 OPS+. While he played centerfield the majority of the season, the Pirates’ original plan was to move McCutchen to right field with Starling Marte taking over his old position. That plan changed once Marte was suspended for his use of PEDs.
This trade comes on the heels of the Giants making a similar move this offseason when they acquired veteran third baseman Evan Longoria from the Tampa Bay Rays. The team appears to be determined to swat away any rumblings of a rebuild in the bay as they continue to build a roster to compete in a very tough NL West division.