The New York Yankees have acquired five-time All-Star outfielder Andrew McCutchen and cash from the Giants.
The Yankees sent a pair of minor leaguers to the San Francisco Giants to get the deal done. Aaron Judge has been on the disabled list since July 26 due to a fractured right wrist, and with no timetable as to his return, this move provides much needed outfield depth.
It's August 31st and Andrew McCutchen is a New York Yankee. pic.twitter.com/yuIWnZrkeo
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) August 31, 2018
The two players sent to San Francisco were infielder Abiatal Avelino and right-handed pitcher Juan De Paula, rated #23 and #26 in the Yankees’ farm system according to MLB Pipeline.
McCutchen is due $2.5 million of a $14.75 million salary through the remainder of the season, and it is unknown if the Giants will be picking up some of that to help the Yanks remain below the $197 million luxury tax threshold. (MLB.com)
McCutchen batted .255/.357/.415 with 28 doubles, two triples, 15 homers and 55 RBIs in 130 games for San Francisco.
This was only McCutchen’s first year with San Francisco, being traded there by the Pirates back in January of this year. While in Pittsburgh, McCutchen earned a National League Most Valuable Player Award in 2013, a Gold Glove in 2012, and was a four-time NL Silver Slugger winner (2012-15).
The Yankees were expecting Judge to be back in the lineup within three weeks of his wrist injury, opting instead to trade for pitching depth before the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31st. J.A. Happ and Lance Lynn were acquired, both of whom have contributed.
Judge’s slow recovery have caused the Yankees outfield to become brittle with Giancarlo Stanton starting 83 consecutive games with a sore left hamstring and Shane Robinson logging in regular playing time. With the acquisition of McCutchen, Yankees manager Aaron Boone should have no trouble addressing any outfield issues while waiting for Judge’s return to the lineup.
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