For the second time this offseason, the Giants welcome an All-Star to the roster.
San Francisco on Monday acquired outfielder Andrew McCutchen from the Pirates, sending right-handed pitcher Kyle Crick and minor league outfielder Bryan Reynolds to Pittsburgh.
“Andrew is a dynamic player on the field and will be a leader in our clubhouse,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “He’s always been a threat at the plate and he’s a guy you don’t ever want to deal with whether he’s at the plate or on the bases. He’s going to make something happen.”
The trade comes less than a month after the Giants acquired third baseman Evan Longoria and cash from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for outfielder Denard Span, former River Cats infielder Christian Arroyo and minor league pitchers Stephen Woods and Matt Krook.
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McCutchen, 31, is a five-time All-Star and was the 2013 National League MVP. The Gold Glove center fielder hit .279 with 28 home runs, 88 RBIs, 94 runs and 11 stolen bases last year. He’s played all nine of his major league seasons with the Pirates.
Baseball fans and players took to Twitter to discuss the trade: