Andrew McCutchen

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Reports: Yankees to acquire former MVP Andrew McCutchen from Giants for stretch run

John Tomase
August 30, 2018 - 11:50 pm

Five years ago, Andrew McCutchen was the best player in the National League. On Thursday, he found himself on the verge of joining the Yankees.

According to multiple reports, New York and San Francisco have reached agreement on a deal that will send the 2013 MVP to New York, where he'll immediately become an upgrade on Shane Robinson in the outfield while also providing insurance in the event that Aaron Judge can't return from a broken wrist.

McCutchen isn't the player he was in his prime with the Pirates, but he's still solid. He's hitting .255 with 15 homers and 55 RBIs for the Giants. His .772 OPS is actually 10 percent above average when the mostly pitcher-friendly parks of the NL West are taken into consideration.

That's still a far cry from McCutchen's heyday. From 2012-15, McCutchen made four All-Star teams while finishing no worse than fifth in the MVP voting with Pittsburgh. Though he won the MVP in 2013, his best season probably came in 2014, when he hit .314 with 25 homers and 83 RBIs, as well as a league-leading .952 OPS.

The four-time Silver Slugger winner and five-time All-Star has also won a Gold Glove. At age 31, McCutchen is still capable of making an impact, even if his skills are diminished. The Yankees clearly considered him worth the gamble.