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Report: Giants acquire Andrew McCutchen in trade with Pirates

Daniel Brown, The Mercury News on

Published in Baseball

SAN FRANCISCO -- After an offseason of fits and starts and false rumors, the Giants finally reeled in a high-profile outfielder Monday.

The team agreed to acquire center fielder Andrew McCutchen, a five-time All-Star and former MVP, from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic first reported the deal was in place, pending a review of medical records.

The report did not include what the Giants are sending to Pittsburgh in exchange. Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reported that pitcher Kyle Crick, 25, is part of the deal.

McCutchen, 31, is coming off a season in which he batted .279 with 28 homers, 88 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. He had a .363 on-base percentage, .486 slugging percentage and an .849 OPS to win the Roberto Clemente Award (the Pirates team MVP) for the sixth time in the past nine seasons.

Once considered an elite defender -- he won the Gold Glove in 2012 -- McCutchen's reputation has waned in recent seasons. Sarah Langs of ESPN noted that the outfielders with the fewest defensive runs saved since 2015 are McCutchen (-50), Matt Kemp (-50) and Denard Span (-44).

Last year, McCutchen started 13 times in right field.

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At the Winter Meetings in December, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said McCutchen was motivated to prove the skeptics (and the metrics) were wrong in regards to his decline in center field.

"I believe there's some truth in there," Hurdle said. "We all process negative information or negative feedback in different ways, some use it as motivation, some people get their feelings hurt. Some people feel sorry for themselves. Andrew's never felt sorry for himself."

McCutchen made 1,310 career starts in center field while in Pittsburgh. The only two players in Pirates history with more were Hall-of-Famers Lloyd Waner (1,518) and Max Carey (1,416).

The Giants, though, mostly have an eye on his offensive production after a season in which they ranked last in several categories. McCutchen has at least 20 home runs in seven consecutive seasons.

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