Pirates deal star outfielder Andrew McCutchen to Giants

Pirates deal star outfielder Andrew McCutchen to Giants

While the 31-year-old likely won't return to his MVP form, he proved he still has something left in the tank and figures to play an important role for the Giants this season. He bounced back from a tough 2016 season to hit.279/.363/.486 with 28 home runs in 2017. Any three would do the trick and would be cheap for a two or three year contract. As the Pirates are looking to "rebuild", they are attempting to trade away their valuable assets to get some quality prospects to help bolster their farm system.

Cutch will go down as one of the five best players in Pirate history. Just days after the Pittsburgh Pirates traded their ace, Gerrit Cole, to the Houston Astros, the club is now unloading another star. In the 20 years after his departure, the team failed to make the postseason.

McCutchen has spent his entire career in Pittsburgh, much like Evan Longoria did with the Rays. He's a four-time Silver Slugger award victor, too. While the details have not been fully hashed out, my understanding is that the Giants will not be giving up the team's only prospect of significant value, Heliot Ramos, and that the finances of the trade will keep San Francisco under the tax threshold.

McCutchen can be a defensive upgrade in the outfield as well.

The Giants, who chased three World Series championships in under a decade with a last-place, 98-loss, 40-games-out clunker in 2017, still believe in today. If he struggled to patrol the gaps at PNC Park, then he'll have an even harder time guarding the spacious outfield at AT&T Park.

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.

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