The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a trade that will send five-time All-Star Andrew McCutchen to the San Francisco Giants.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 15, 2018
Jon Heyman and Robert Murray of FanRag Sports first reported that trade talks between the two sides were intensifying. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic later reported that the deal was agreed upon.
After trading Gerrit Cole to the Houston Astros, it was believed that McCutchen would be the next in line to be dealt. As the Pirates are looking to “rebuild,” they are attempting to trade away their valuable assets to get some quality prospects to help bolster their farm system.
Over his 9 big league seasons, McCutchen has posted a slash line of .291/.379/.487 in 1,346 career games. The 2013 National League Most Valuable player is coming off a season in which he slugged 28 home runs and drove in 88 runs.
McCutchen is in the final year of his seven-year, $65M dollar contract. The 31-year-old is scheduled to make $14M this season.
For the Giants, a priority this offseason was to add depth to their outfield. In 2017, one of the team’s biggest issues was the lack of production they received from their regular outfielders. The addition of McCutchen should definitely benefit the Giants’ everyday lineup.
Although they have agreed to a trade for McCutchen, the Giants might not be done in their pursuit of outfield depth. Murray also reports that the club is still exploring options to add another outfielder into the mix this offseason.
As of now, the other players involved in the trade have not been announced. The trade is still pending the review of the medical records.