For the second time in less than a month, the San Francisco Giants acquired a franchise player from a small-market team with designs on rebuilding.
Center fielder Andrew McCutchen was traded Monday afternoon to the San Francisco Giants. However, because the former National League MVP is only one year away from testing the free agent market, it is not expected to be enormous haul heading from San Francisco to Pittsburgh. He was the key player to the Pirates ending their streak of 20 consecutive losing seasons to reach the postseason three consecutive years from 2013 - 2015.
McCutchen hit 28 homers in 2017 with a.279/.363/.486 slash in 156 games. But McCutchen could end up being an important piece of the puzzle for the Giants in 2018.
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Were the Pirates still a contending team, they likely would've held on to McCutchen.
After a down year in 2016, McCutchen bounced back well in 2017.
As it stands today, McCutchen owns a career batting average of.291 alongside 203 home runs, 725 RBIs and a.379 on-base percentage.
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But he adds another big name from the recent past to go with new third baseman Evan Longoria, and makes the Giants incrementally younger (he is two years and 222 days younger than new Tampa Bay Ray Denard Span).
Last season, San Francisco tumbled down the standings as they struggled at the plate.
In that respect, McCutchen is a big upgrade.
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