PITTSBURGH ( Associated Press) – Andrew McCutchen was part of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ long-awaited renaissance a decade ago.
The veteran outfielder returns home, hoping to serve as mentor to a young group trying to follow in his footsteps.
A person with knowledge of the deal told them the player, who was selected to five All-Star Games and was the 2013 National League MVP early in his career, signed a $5 million, one-year deal with the club. did. ,
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal is still pending and going through a physical.
It will be a homecoming for McCutchen, 36, who helped lead the Pirates to three consecutive seasons from 2013-15 as an outfielder after two decades of losses before being sent to San Francisco in January 2018. For veterans.
His arrival comes as the team conducts a search for Reynolds, the Pittsburgh center fielder who asked to be released from the team last month.
Though it’s been five years since he’s been gone, the McCutcheons still love their adopted city. He was always given a warm welcome when he played on the road at PNC Park, and when he went to Pittsburgh with the Brewers he joked that it was nice to sleep in his own bed.
You’ll be able to do this more often in 2023.
McCutchen spent his first nine seasons with the Pirates and still has a home in the area. He jumped around different teams after being traded to the Giants.
He had a .237 batting average with 17 home runs and 69 RBIs in 2022 with the Brewers.
The deal adds another veteran voice to a team that has spent years signing veterans like pitcher Rich Hill and first baseman Carlos Santana to guide its young guard, which includes shortstop Onel Cruz.
No active player knows more about how to get the Pirates out than McCutchen. A first-round pick by Pittsburgh in 2005, McCutchen’s dazzling field play and electric hitting at the plate ignited a franchise that was looking back on nearly 20 lost years.
The Pirates reached the season with the wild card in three straight seasons from 2013–15 and reached the Division Series in 2013.
McCutchen was at the helm of Pittsburgh. He finished in the top three in MVP voting from 2012–14 and won the award in 2013 while hitting .316 with 21 home runs and 84 RBI.