Pirates finally trade Andrew McCutchen to end an era

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a trade that will send five-time All-Star Andrew McCutchen to the San Francisco Giants.

This is the second trade in the past week for the Pirates, who are apparently looking to rebuild. He had a fairly miserable 2016 season on the offensive side, then was moved out of center field until the Pirates were caught short there, but rebounded in 2017 to post an.849 OPS and 28 home runs. While the 31-year-old likely won't return to his MVP form, he proved he still has something left in the tank and figures to play an important role for the Giants this season.

At this point, Crick is the only Giants player that we know of involved in the McCutchen trade, and the club has reportedly held onto Heliot Ramos, Chris Shaw, and Tyler Beede, their No. 1, 2, and 3 prospects respectively. A far cry from his MVP season (2013), sure, but solid nonetheless. Any three would do the trick and would be cheap for a two or three year contract.

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The Pirates can't just stop after trading Cole and McCutchen.

This isn't remotely the same as when Pittsburgh let Barry Bonds walk following the 1992 season, which is the last time the Pirates lost a hitter as historically good as McCutchen. He was a full package guy playing on several postseason teams. If he plays a corner outfield spot - another huge position of need for the Giants - he likely provides a plus glove, unquestionably improving the Giants' outfield defense. Of course. But Evans' bounce back from his early offseason failures should energize Giants fans and at least make San Francisco a plausible playoff pick in 2018. The Gerrit Cole trade signaled that they wouldn't be contending in 2018, and McCutchen is only under team control for the 2018 season.