San Francisco Giants acquire Andrew McCutchen from Pirates


Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic is reporting that the team has agreed to acquire center fielder Andrew McCutchen from the Pirates, pending a review of medical records.

The trade has not been officially announced by either team, and it is unclear what Pittsburgh will receive in exchange for the five-time All-Star.

McCutchen is, of course, not the first former MVP to make the move from Pittsburgh to San Francisco. Slowly but surely, the Pirates improved, and McCutchen played a key role as they reached the postseason three straight years from 2013 to 2015. Just days after the Pittsburgh Pirates traded their ace, Gerrit Cole, to the Houston Astros, the club is now unloading another star.

Either way, Pirates fans say goodbye to honestly their best players since Barry Bonds.

McCutchen, on the other hand, turned 31 in October and has shown a slight decline from when he was a regular contender for National League MVP-winning the award in 2013.

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Harrison can be controlled through 2020, and at 30-years old, he likely won't be part of the next great Pirates team.

Neal Huntington and his staff will save $14.5 million from McCutchen's contract, barring what they get in return. During that span he was an All-Star every season, slashing a total of.302/.396/.509 with a.905 OPS, 123 home runs. Without Cole, just one Pirates starter had enough innings to qualify for the ERA title last season (Ivan Nova), and no starter (not even Cole) had an ERA under 4.00 in 2017.

The Giants have filled a big void with a big name.

Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that "all the tea leaves tell me" the Giants are getting more serious in talks with free agent outfielder Lorenzo Cain.