Friday, August 31, 2018
MLB trade review: Yankees acquire McCutchen
The New York Yankees have acquired OF Andrew McCutchen from the San Fransisco Giants in exchange for INF Abiatal Avelino and RHP Juan De Paula.
For the Yankees, Aaron Judge is out with a wrist injury, and is still weeks away from returning. Also, Brett Gardner is having a bad year. Until Judge returns, McCutchen will be the right fielder, and Neil Walker will go back to second base. Luke Voit is currently hot, but if he starts to settle down when Didi Gregorius returns and Gleyber Torres goes back to 2nd, then Walker can play some 1st, amid Greg Bird's disappointing season. McCutchen, a former MVP, will help the team down the stretch.
McCutchen, 31, has a .255 batting average with 15 homers, 55 RBIs and 13 steals in 568 Plate Appearances for the Giants this year. In his MLB career for the Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates, McCutchen has a batting average of .288, with 218 home runs, 780 RBIs and 184 stolen bases in 6397 Plate Appearances.
For the Giants, they aren't in playoffs contention, and have no use for the pending free agent. They get some prospects for a month of McCutchen. Avelino, New York's 23rd best prospect, is blocked by Miguel Andujar, Torres and Gregorius. The Yankees don't need him. De Paula, their 26th prospect, will probably be a farmhand for the Giants, maybe a 4th or 5th starter.
Avelino, 23, has a .287 batting average, with 15 homers, 66 RBIs and 25 stolen bases in 501 Plate Appearances between AA and AAA this season.
De Paula, 20, has a 1.71 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 46 strikeouts in 47.1 innings for Low-A Staten Island this season.
I think this is an even trade. The Yankees get some outfield help, and the Giants get some prospects.