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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 Hire Bryan Price As Pitching Coach

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Bryan Price

The Philadelphia Phillies have hired Bryan Price as their new pitching coach, according to The Athletic’s Matt Gelb.

Price, 57, was the manager of the Cincinnati Reds from 2014 until 2017, and will now join the staff of new Phillies’ manager Joe Girardi, who was recently hired to take the helm.

Price has experience as a pitching coach, doing so for a handful of teams prior to his stint as the Reds’ manager.

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Diamondbacks Hire Matt Herges As Pitching Coach

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have hired Matt Herges as their new pitching coach, according to the Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecoro.

Herges will join the DBacks staff after spending the past two seasons as the bullpen coach of the San Francisco Giants.

Herges takes over for Mike Butcher in Arizona.

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Padres Outright Brett Kennedy

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Brett Kennedy

The San Diego Padres have outrighted right hander Brett Kennedy, according to the Pacific Coast League transactions page.

Kennedy, 25, has battled injuries since he impressed in his stint in the Padres’ minor league system.

Despite a shaky big league debut, Kennedy will look to get back on track with a new team.

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