The Pittsburgh Pirates have, finally, after a couple of years of trade rumors, shipped out All-Star outfielder Andrew McCutchen. They attempted to trade for Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton to the point of reaching a deal with the team, but Stanton invoked his no-trade clause to nix the deal and ultimately was dealt to the Yankees.
San Francisco shipped prospect Christian Arroyo to the Tampa Bay Rays as part of the Evan Longoria trade earlier this offseason.
McCutchen was traded to the Giants on Monday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. This deal also comes on the heels of Pittsburgh sending ace starter Gerrit Cole to Houston over the weekend. He was never a top tier center fielder even in his prime, but the Giants are much more likely to play McCutchen, 31, on a corner given his age and only a year removed from being the worst center fielder in baseball by defensive runs saved. McCutchen would join Buster Posey as former National League Most Valuable Players on the Giants roster. He has one year and $14.5 million left on his contract. The job may not be done yet, as the Giants could still make a major acquisition through free agency.
Rather than watch McCutchen leave at the end of the year and receive nothing in return, the Pirates got back some pieces that can strengthen their farm system. Parker would've been a liability offensively for a team with playoff aspirations such as San Francisco.
Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates acknowledges the fans with a curtain call after hitting a grand slam home run in the second inning during the game against the Baltimore Orioles at PNC Park on September 26, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
In addition to being an upgrade in the outfield, McCutchen is a cheaper option.