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

Erica Murray
January 16, 2018

The Pittsburgh Pirates parted ways with one-time MVP victor and five-time All-Star Andrew McCutchen, sending him to the San Francisco Giants.

The deal is still being finalized and it is not exactly clear who the Giants are sending to the Pirates. He bounced back from a tough 2016 season to hit.279/.363/.486 with 28 home runs in 2017.

And McCutchen has one year remaining on his contract, meaning that if this trade doesn't work out, San Francisco has no long-term commitment, either. There were also rumors that they were more open to dealing McCutchen after that trade, and that the Giants were looking to acquire him.

The McCutchen trade comes a couple of days after Pittsburgh sent starting pitcher Gerritt Cole to the Houston Astros.

He has finished in the top five in the NL MVP voting four times and he has won four Silver Slugger awards. Good for him, as he can be a free agent after the 2018 season, and good for the Pirates, who'd seemingly been shopping him for better than a year. In the 20 years after his departure, the team failed to make the postseason. It's known known if the Giants plan to put McCutchen in center field or in an outfield corner.

Cole and McCutchen were the two best Pirates players in terms of fWAR from 2017. He has one year and $14.5 million left on his contract.

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

As for the Giants, Jarrett Parker's power in the minor leagues didn't translate to MLB when he was given the opportunity to play in the big leagues for long stretches over the past two seasons.

The Giants struggled big time in 2017, going 64-98, but they appear to be set on attempting to contend in 2018.

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