Monday morning, the Pittsburgh Pirates was traded Andrew McCutchen to the San Francisco Giants in exchange for pitcher Kyle Crick, outfielder Bryan Reynolds and international bonus pool money.
“It’s no secret that we were looking to further add run production to our lineup,” said Brian Sabean, Giants executive vice president of baseball operations. “Anytime you have the opportunity to bring aboard someone with such a track record, you have to jump on it.”
This comes as a shock to many fans as McCutchen has grown to be the face of the Pittsburgh Pirates ever since he came into the league.
Pittsburgh.My Home.My Fans.My City. The placed that raised me and helped mold me into the man I am today. You will 4ever be in my heart.A tip of the cap to all who have been on this journey with me. With Love and respect,
— andrew mccutchen (@TheCUTCH22) January 15, 2018
McCutchen spent nine years with the Pirates starting all the way back in 2009. Durinng this time period, he has totaled a .291 batting average while being one of the best outfielders in the game.
This will be a huge addition to a Giants team that struggles immensely last year and had one of the worst seasons in recent memory.
While McCutchen is not in his prime anymore, he still is a very viable option with veteran experience to build a team around.