Multiple reports broke moments ago that the Pittsburgh Pirates have dealt five-time All-Star and one-time National League MVP center fielder Andrew McCutchen to the San Francisco Giants.
In return, the Pirates received righty bullpen arm Kyle Crick, who regularly touches the upper 90s and received praise from reporters previously covering him, and Giants’ No 4. prospect outfielder Bryan Reynolds.
“We believe that this is the right baseball decision for the Pirates organization as we continue to work to infuse talent [and] add quality players at all level,” general manager Neal Huntington told the press hours after news broke.
Robert Murray of FanRag Sports first reported serious talks of a deal unfolding.
— Robert Murray (@RobertMurrayFRS) January 15, 2018
Ken Rosenthal, MLB contributor to The Athletic, minutes later confirmed the two sides reached an agreement centered around the 31-year-old McCutchen.
McCutchen, drafted in the first-round of the 2005 MLB draft, got his first call to the big league club in 2009 and hasn’t looked back since then.
In nearly 6,000 plate appearance (5,829) with the Pirates, McCutchen produced a .291 batting average, 203 home runs, 725 RBI, while getting on-base at .379 clip and slugging .487.
The figurehead of the organization for nearly ten seasons amassed almost every piece of hardware a position player can win — five All-Star selections (2011-2015) four Silver Sluggers (2012-2015), one Gold Glove (2012) and one MVP trophy (2013).
Neal Huntington and his staff will save $14.5 million from the last year of McCutchen’s contract, barring what they get in return. Expect the return to be limited due to his age and only having one-year left on the deal.
First announced by Alex Pavlovic, who covers the Giants for NBC Sports Bay Area, Kyle Crick, 25-year-old bullpen arm, is the first player coming back in the McCutchen deal.
Crick made his MLB debut last season in San Francisco. In 32 1/3 innings pitched, the hard-throwing right-hander allowed 22 hits, 17 walks, while amassing a 3.06 earned run average, 28 strikeouts and 1.206 WHIP.
He relies heavily on a fastball (75% of the time), which Crick can gas up around the upper-90s, per FanGraphs. The fastball is complimented by a hard slider and change up.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) January 15, 2018
However, the haul won’t end there, as Bob Nightengale reports Kyle Crick will be joined by another “mid-range prospect.”
And that final prospect will be Bryan Reynolds, taken 59th overall in the 2016 MLB draft.
Confirmed: Bryan Reynolds and Kyle Crick to Pittsburgh for McCutchen. Unclear if there is any money being exchanged. Doesn't appear to be.
— Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) January 15, 2018
Reynolds, 22, finished up last season ranked as the Giants’ No. 4 prospect, according to MLB.com.
The switch-hitting outfielder impressed last season, spending the year in High-A with the San Jose Giants. During his time there, he hit .312, 10 home runs and 63 RBI, getting on-base at a .364 percentage.
Sources told MLB.com’s Jon Morosi that the team called and informed McCutchen of the trade.
Also, according to Morosi again, the Pirates are picking up a small portion of McCutchen’s owed $14.5 million for 2018.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) January 15, 2018
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