New York Yankees: Yankees acquire Andrew McCutchen

by Steven Clarke September 1, 2018, 0:26
New York Yankees: Yankees acquire Andrew McCutchen

The Giants on Thursday traded the five-time All-Star outfielder to the New York Yankees, according to ESPN's Buster Olney, citing a source. The Giants have fallen out of the postseason race, and with McCutchen set to become a free agent after the season, trading him for prospects is a wise move.

It looks like Andrew McCutchen is headed to the Bronx. He could fill that spot for the Yankees, who have been without Judge since his wrist was broken by a pitch in late July.

The trade is expected to be completed by Friday, the deadline for players on new teams to be eligible for postseason rosters. The Cleveland Indians were in on McCutchen early, but apparently backed away in recent days.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that McCutchen is owed about $2 million for the rest of the campaign. The Giants always try to do right by their players when they can, and in sending him to Yankee Stadium, Brian Sabean and Bobby Evans have given the former MVP perhaps his best shot at grabbing that elusive ring.

The 31-year-old McCutchen has been the Giants' regular right fielder since being acquired from Pittsburgh last offseason.

Avelino, 23, is rated as the No. 23 prospect in the Yankees' system. The Giants are short on quality middle infielders in the upper minors, though, and Avelino could be an option for them at some point next season.

He was traded to San Francisco in January and is hitting.255 with 15 homers and 55 RBIs this season.

De Paula is a 20-year-old starter who has pitched well with short-season Staten Island, going 2-2 with a 1.71 ERA and almost a strikeout per inning.

McCutchen will be with the Yankees for the season's final month and, as it appears likely, the Wild Card game.

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