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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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Brewers Discussing Trade for Will Smith

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The Milwaukee Brewers and San Francisco Giants have been in talks regarding a trade that would send left hander Will Smith back the Brewers, according to The Athletic’s Robert Murray.

Per the report, the Giants are interested in second base prospect Mauricio Dubon.

Smith has had a solid season in 2019, pitching to an impressive 2.17 ERA.

No deal is close as of this writing.

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Mets To Place Zack Wheeler On Injured List

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The New York Mets will place right hander Zack Wheeler on the injured list due to shoulder fatigue, according to Newsday’s Tim Healey.

In a corresponding move, the Mets will have left-hander Steven Matz start in place of Wheeler for tomorrow’s game.

Wheeler has been heavily linked in trade rumors, so it is unclear just how much this injury will impact his value on the trade market.

It is unclear just how long Wheeler will be out.

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Mets Shopping Noah Syndergaard

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The New York Mets will likely be big sellers at the deadline and it appears that they are shopping starter Noah Syndergaard.

According to Newsday’s Tim Healey, the Mets have discussed Syndergaard with around six teams, adding that there’s “minimal urgency” on the Mets’ part to trade Syndergaard.

Per the report, the Mets would need to be “wowed” in order to move Syndergaard.

Syndergaard, 26, isn’t having the kind of season he is accustomed to, pitching to the tune of a 4.68 ERA, and is posting other career-low numbers.

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