Published: Tue, January 16, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Pirates Have Traded Andrew McCutchen to the Giants

Pirates Have Traded Andrew McCutchen to the Giants

The Giants made their second big move of the offseason Monday, trading for Andrew McCutchen, erstwhile MVP and face of the Pirates franchise.

At this point, Crick is the only Giants player that we know of involved in the McCutchen trade, and the club has reportedly held onto Heliot Ramos, Chris Shaw, and Tyler Beede, their No. 1, 2, and 3 prospects respectively. However, speculation inside City Paper's newsroom is that the players the Pirates will receive come with both low salaries and low expectations. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic later reported that the deal was agreed upon.

Were the Pirates still a contending team, they likely would've held on to McCutchen.

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.

Before you check the calendar, no it's not 1993 again. With McCutchen just one year away from free agency, the Pirates were more than willing to part ways with McCutchen rather than see him walk away for nothing next winter.

The All-Star outfielder and 2013 National League MVP batted.279 with a.363 on-base percentage, .486 slugging percentage, .849 OPS, 28 homers, 30 doubles, two triples and 88 RBIs during 2017. It will be a tough race for the Giants in 2018, considering they have the Dodgers, Rockies, and Diamondbacks to deal with in their division.

The Giants won't necessarily be satisfied with Longoria and McCutchen. They had a run of winning season [VIDEO] from 2013-2015, but have fallen off the past two seasons despite having a lot of young positional talent. While they fit with the theme of this offseason, as a team with one eye on building a better ballclub and the other on the luxury tax threshold, another outfielder could be required.

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