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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 Aaron Nola to Contract Extension

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The Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a long-term contract extension with right hander Aaron Nola.

The new deal is four-years and $45 million and includes a club option as well as a $2 million signing bonus.

Nola, 25, pitched to the tune of a 2.37 ERA last season.

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Bryce Harper Not Interest in Short Team Deal

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When it comes to the market for free agent superstar Bryce Harper, teams won’t be able to bring him in on a short-term, lucrative contract.

Harper isn’t interested.

According to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, Harper is not “even considering” a short-term deal, even as the market for he and Manny Machado continues to stay in a holding pattern.

There has been chatter that neither superstar will fetch the $300 million deals that they had been seeking.

According to USA Today’s Bob Nigtengale, the San Francisco Giants have plans on offering “a lucrative short-term deal” but did not want “to provide a long-term contract approaching the 10-year, $300 million contract Harper rejected from the Washington Nationals in September.”

Harper has been linked to a number of teams, so it’s unclear where he will land, and he still could return to the Washington Nationals.

However, I think that the New York Yankees, despite their public comments otherwise, may come in during the final minutes to scoop up Harper.

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Mets’ Jacob deGrom Puts Deadline on Contract Talks

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New York Mets ace and reigning National League Cy Young award winner Jacob deGrom is putting pressure on the organization when it comes to hammering out a new deal.

deGrom is set to hit free agency following the 2020 season and the 30-year old wants to lock in a new, long-term contract, and isn’t waiting around too long to get it.

According to the New York Post’s Mike Puma, deGrom and his reps have informed team officials he will not negotiate a new deal during the season and have set a deadline to complete a deal by Opening Day.

The clock is ticking.

Per the report, deGrom seeks a contract that would buy out his remaining arbitration year and extend his agreement with the club long term.

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