Andrew McCutchen is just three seasons removed from being named National League MVP in 2013. However, he is set to become a free agent in two seasons and he has shown signs of decline. The latest MLB rumors suggest that the San Francisco Giants could acquire him from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Pittsburgh Pirates looking to trade Andrew McCutchen this season
According to Stephen J. Nesbitt of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pirates are actively shopping their All-Star center fielder this offseason. He noted that the trade will likely happen during the winter meetings.
Pittsburgh’s main need is starting pitching and they would want several pitching prospects for McCutchen. However, his value at the moment is at an all-time low since he had the worst season of his career this year.
San Francisco Giants need an outfielder
One of the teams being linked with Andrew McCutchen is the San Francisco Giants. The 2010, 2012 and 2014 World Series champs are looking to get back to the playoffs. And in order to do that, they have to improve their outfield.
The Giants will likely lose Gregor Blanco and Angel Pagan while some of their outfield prospects are not major league ready. They have some pitching prospects that could convince the Pirates to trade McCutchen to San Francisco.
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Giants to acquire Andrew McCutchen from the Pirates?
John Perrotto of FanRag Sports Network believes that the Giants can pull off a trade for “Cutch.” He thinks a combination of pitchers Derek Law and Kyle Crick, along with first baseman Chris Shaw, could get McCutchen.
Law is a 26-year-old right-hander that had a 2.13 ERA in 61 games this season. He is also a Pittsburgh native which makes it even more interesting. Crick still has the stuff to be a really god reliever while Shaw is a power-hitter.
However, it should be noted that these are just MLB rumors at the moment. But expect more speculations heading into the winter meetings.
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