The McCutchen deal, in particular, marks the end of an era in Pittsburgh, where the dynamic center fielder hit 203 home runs, posted an.866 OPS and appeared in five consecutive All-Star Games. Joking aside, McCutchen fills a massive hole in an Opening Day outfield that, prior to the trade, likely featured Jarrett Parker, Gorkys Hernandez and a 34-year-old Hunter Pence.
It's nearly like the San Francisco Giants wanted to keep their second biggest player acquisition of the off-season a secret. 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.
Initial reports have not mentioned what the Pirates will be getting back from the Giants in exchange for their top star. It wasn't immediately known what the Pirates got in return. He's a four-time Silver Slugger award victor, too.
McCutchen batted.279 with 28 home runs and 88 RBIs last season. He's on the last year of his six-year, $51.5 million deal; the Giants will only be paying $14.5 million.
Perhaps just as important as his impact on the lineup, McCutchen keeps the Giants under the luxury tax threshold.
Kyle Crick is reportedly a part of the trade, according to Alex Pavlovic. In a slow-moving market, Lorenzo Cain, Carlos Gonzalez and others remain, and wait, and there are options in the trade market as well, including Billy Hamilton.