The Giants have acquired five-time All-Star centerfielder Andrew McCutchen from the Pirates, the team announced Monday. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic was the first to report the deal.
In exchange for McCutchen, Pittsburgh will receive righthander Kyle Crick, minor league outfielder Bryan Reynolds and $500,000 in international bonus pool space.
McCutchen, 31, has spent all nine years of his MLB career with the Pirates. In 2013 McCutchen won NL MVP after hitting .317 with 21 home runs, 84 RBIs and stealing 27 bases.
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For his career, McCutchen has a slash of .291/.379/.487 and 1,463 hits. Last season, McCutchen hit .279 and had 28 home runs, the second best mark of his career. The Giants were last in the NL in home runs last season and 13th in batting average.
“It’s no secret that we were looking to further add run production to our lineup,” said Brian Sabean, Giants executive vice-president of baseball operations. “Anytime you have the opportunity to bring aboard someone with such a track record, you have to jump on it.”
“Pittsburgh.My Home.My Fans.My City,” McCutchen tweeted. “You will 4ever be in my heart.”
McCutchen added: “Now…I’m a Giant! Ive always enjoyed watching the success of the @SFGiants and I look foward to being apart of more this season. Can’t wait to meet my new teammates and fans. This is just the beginning.”
Pirates chairman Bob Nutting said the trade was “one of the most emotionally agonizing decisions that we have had to make in my tenure.”
“Andrew helped create so many special memories both on and off the field for me, our organization and our fans. He did so while always carrying himself with humility, dignity and grace,” he said.
Pittsburgh ended a two-decade post-season drought in 2013 and made three straight playoff appearances before falling to 78-83 in 2016 and 75-87 last year.