This isn't remotely the same as when Pittsburgh let Barry Bonds walk following the 1992 season, which is the last time the Pirates lost a hitter as historically good as McCutchen.
For the second time this offseason, the San Francisco Giants have traded for an established major league all-star.
Center fielder Andrew McCutchen was traded Monday afternoon to the San Francisco Giants. This deal also comes on the heels of Pittsburgh sending ace starter Gerrit Cole to Houston over the weekend.
The Pittsburgh Pirates parted ways with one-time MVP victor and five-time All-Star Andrew McCutchen, sending him to the San Francisco Giants. From 2011-2015 he was one of the premier players in the National League.
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McCutchen has spent his entire career in Pittsburgh, much like Evan Longoria did with the Rays. Instead, they won 78 games in 2016 and 75 games in 2017. He's on the last year of his six-year, $51.5 million deal; the Giants will only be paying $14.5 million. Meeting McCutchen's asking price in free agency would put a big strain on Pittsburgh's payroll, which is to say nothing about whether re-signing an aging outfielder during a rebuilding period is a sensible use of the team's resources. A far cry from his MVP season (2013), sure, but solid nonetheless.
In almost 6,000 plate appearance (5,829) with the Pirates, McCutchen produced a.291 batting average, 203 home runs, 725 RBI, while getting on-base at.379 clip and slugging.487. On this same day he became the face of the franchise for the Pirates and never looked back. It's unlikely the Giants will make any other big moves following this deal. Reynolds had a great season with San Francisco's High-A ball club.