Giants trade for Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen

Alex Pavlovic
NBC Sports BayArea
<p>The Giants have made their big outfield move, bringing former NL MVP Andrew McCutchen to the Bay...</p>

Giants trade for Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen

The Giants have made their big outfield move, bringing former NL MVP Andrew McCutchen to the Bay...

UPDATE (3:36pm PT on Monday): Andrew McCutchen to the Giants is official. The Pirates announced that they have acquired RHP Kyle Crick, OF Bryan Reynolds and $500,000 in international bonus pool space in exchange for McCutchen and cash considerations.

According to The Athletic, the Pirates will send $2.5 million to the Giants in the deal.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants took a franchise player from the Rays to fill their third base spot. On Monday, they took the face of the Pirates to fill a gaping hole in the outfield. 

The Giants agreed to a deal to acquire Pirates star Andrew McCutchen in exchange for reliever Kyle Crick and minor league outfielder Bryan Reynolds, per a source. The deal was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. 

The Giants have been chasing McCutchen for months in a bid to improve the worst outfield in the majors. The 31-year-old is a former National League MVP and five-time All-Star. He hit 28 homers last season and posted an OPS+ of 121 that was 21 points above league average. 

The Giants had been planning to play McCutchen in a corner outfield spot, although things could change depending on the remainder of the offseason. Unless they go over the luxury tax, they are just about out of room to spend. McCutchen is owed $14.75 million in the final year of his deal, and per a source, that would put the Giants just below the $197 million limit.

Crick broke into the bullpen last season, but he wasn't headed for a significant role with Mark Melancon, Will Smith, Sam Dyson and Hunter Strickland ahead of him on the depth chart. Reynolds was the organization's top pick in 2016 but was not considered one of their top three prospects. 


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