The face of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise for nearly a decade will be taking his talents to California.
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the San Francisco Giants have agreed to acquire outfielder Andrew McCutchen from the Bucs. Jon Heyman and Robert Murray of Fan Rag were first to report that the clubs were in serious discussions.
The Pirates are reportedly receiving pitching prospect Kyle Crick in return, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today. Crick was ranked by MLB Pipeline as San Francisco’s No. 16 prospect at the time of his trade.
Andrew Baggerly reports the second piece to the deal as Bryan Reynolds, who MLB Pipeline ranked as the club’s No. 4 prospect at the time of the trade.
McCutchen, 31, has had his name thrown around in trade rumors the last year or so, and with Pittsburgh trading away Gerrit Cole on Saturday, it appeared the outfielder was next to go.
His name had been connected to the Mets this offseason, but after the team signed Jay Bruce to a three-year deal, talks were put to rest.
McCutchen, 31, finished in the top-5 of MVP voting for four straight seasons (2012-2015), winning the award in 2013. After a rough 2016, he rebounded in 2017 slashing .279/.363/.486 with 28 HR and 88 RBI. He can play any outfield position well and has one year and $14.5 million left on his contract.
The Giants have been active this offseason on the trade market, as they have also acquired third baseman Evan Longoria from the Tampa Bay Rays last month.
If the Pirates are in full rebuild mode, maybe the Mets could reconnect with them about acquiring Josh Harrison now. He would bring a lot to the table with his versatility around the diamond as well as bulldog mentality on the field.
The deal is pending a review of medical records.