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What Impact Will Andrew McCutchen Have On The Giants?

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This offseason the San Francisco Giants traded for veteran outfielder Andrew McCutchen from the Pittsburgh Pirates for right-hander Kyle Crick and outfielder prospect Bryan Reynolds.

McCutchen will bring much-needed power to the Giants lineup.

San Francisco ranked last in home runs (128) and slugging percentage (.380), and next to last in runs (639) and on-base percentage (.309).

Additionally, not a single Giants’ player hit 20 home runs during the 2017 season, while McCutchen hit 28 last year, en route to his seventh consecutive 20 homer season.

On paper it seems that McCutchen will definitely help add some offensive punch to improve a rather punch-less Giants lineup.

McCutchen’s play has slipped a bit since his MVP year in 2013, but the 31-year old rebounded from a career low season in batting average .256 in 2016 by posting a .279 average in 2017.

The Pirates moved McCutchen to right field last year after he was assigned zero outs above average last year. McCutchen also had a negative 14 defensive runs saved and negative 4.5 zone rating which I believe shows that, combined with playing within the dimensions of AT&T Park, McCutchen is best suited to play right field for San Francisco.

McCutchen still has enough speed still to be able to cover ground in right field which is referred to as triple’s alley.

The most significant impact i think McCutchen will have on the Giants will be in the clubhouse with his proven veteran leadership as he will demand excellence from his teammates by showing the same fire and dedication in his own game.

McCutchen will help the Giants with all phases of the game, which is good for a team coming off a 98 loss season.

With the success of the Dodgers, and their roster looking just as good as it has, it likely leaves the Giants battling for a NL Wild Card spot.

It will be interesting to see how McCutchen fits in, but he seems poised to make quite the impact on his new team this season.

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Phillies Sign Andrew McCutchen to 3-Year, $50M Contract

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The Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to terms with free agent veteran outfielder Andrew McCutchen on a 3-year, $50 million contract, according to The Athletic’s Matt Gelb.

McCutchen, 32, started the 2018 campaign with the San Francisco Giants before being traded to the New York Yankees ahead of the MLB trade deadline.

McCutchen performed well for the Yankees, and the Phillies are banking on that version of McCutchen moving forward.

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Marlins Outright Yadiel Rivera, Brett Graves

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The Miami Marlins have outrighted infielder Yadiel Rivera and right hander Brett Graves, according to the Sun-Sentinel’s Wells Dusenbury.

Rivera, 26, hit the majors this past season to the tune of a .173/.269/.216 batting line in 160 plate appearances.

Graves pitched for Miami this season, his first stint in the majors, and posted a 5.40 ERA.

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Diamondbacks Sign Merrill Kelly To Two-Year Deal

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed right hander Merrill Kelly to a two-year, $5.5 million contract, according to Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan.

Kelly’s new deal will pay him $2 million in 2019 and $3 million in 2020 and includes a pair of club options. The 30-year old has never pitched in the major leagues but had an impressive four-year stint in the Korea Baseball Organization.

Kelly was a former prospect in the Tampa Bay Rays organization.

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