They attempted to trade for Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton to the point of reaching a deal with the team, but Stanton invoked his no-trade clause to nix the deal and ultimately was dealt to the Yankees.
McCutchen, 31, hit.279 with 28 home runs and 88 RBI and will join the recently acquired Evan Longoria in the middle of the Giants' new-look lineup. This deal also comes on the heels of Pittsburgh sending ace starter Gerrit Cole to Houston over the weekend. 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. McCutchen's contributions in 2018 likely weren't going to make much of a difference for Pittsburgh in terms of returning to the postseason.
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After a down year in 2016, McCutchen bounced back well in 2017.
In addition, McCutchen only has one year left on his current contract after the Pirates exercised his $14.5 million option for 2018. When the Pirates pulled the trigger on Cole, there'd be no more feigning designs on 2018 competency, a fact that surely wasn't lost on the Giants. San Francisco traded away Denard Span in that trade, creating an opening in center field. The grand slam home run was the first of McCutchen's career.
In that respect, McCutchen is a big upgrade. Though AT&T Park is not the most hitter-friendly park, he can still be productive in the bay. But now they're adding to their outfield-acquiring Andrew McCutchen from the Pirates.