Giants to acquire center fielder Andrew McCutchen from the Pirates

Andrew McCutchen trade: Giants, Pirates have trade in place for All-Star outfielder, per reports

Following three seasons that reached (and ended quickly, granted) in October, the Pirates missed the playoffs in consecutive years, veered from 98 wins to 78 to 75, dealt ace Gerrit Cole to the Houston Astros on Saturday and two days later offloaded their franchise player, as well. Crick finished last season with Triple-A Sacramento and recorded a 2.76 ERA in 29.1 innings. With McCutchen just one year away from free agency, the Pirates were more than willing to part ways with McCutchen rather than see him walk away for nothing next winter.

McCutchen is, of course, not the first former MVP to make the move from Pittsburgh to San Francisco. He is also a career.291 hitter and "plus" defender, having won a Gold Glove in 2012. He was a full package guy playing on several postseason teams. McCutchen debuted in 2009 finishing fourth in the rookie of the year voting. Then a year ago he started off extremely slow and was moved to right field.

McCutchen hit 28 homers in 2017 with a.279/.363/.486 slash in 156 games.

Hamas tunnel destroyed by Israeli airstrikes
"Hamas must understand that we will not permit these attacks and we will respond with even greater force". Israeli jets bombed the tunnel opening on the Gaza side of the border late on Saturday night.

He is now 31 years old, and a change of scenery may do some good for him.

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. If he struggled to patrol the gaps at PNC Park, then he'll have an even harder time guarding the spacious outfield at AT&T Park. We shall learn in six months who got the better end of this exchange - the Giants, or Not The Giants.

There will be a lot of discussion regarding the future of the Pirates. They still have valuable pieces like Josh Bell, Starling Marte, Gregory Polanco, Josh Harrison and Adam Frazier. After nine years with the Pirates, he is going to dawn a Giants jersey in 2018.

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