Though the Dodgers previously had their eyes on Andrew McCutchen this offseason, he is now headed back to his original team, the Pirates.
It is no secret that the Dodgers have been on the hunt for an outfielder, but McCutchen signed with the Pirates on Friday, making him one less option available for LA. The veteran is heading back to the team that drafted him 18 years ago after agreeing to a one-year deal worth $5 million.
As an experienced player, the outfielder is going into his 15th season. McCutchen played some of his best seasons in a Pirates uniform and was even named the 2013 National League Most Valuable Player Award while playing in Pittsburgh. He was also a five-time All-Star with the Pirates, earning a Gold Glove and four Silver Sluggers.
After the 2017 season, Pittsburgh traded McCutchen to the Giants for relief pitcher Kyle Crick. Since that trade, McCutchen hasn’t performed as well as he did the first nine years he was with the Pirates.
He averaged about 4.5 WAR per season with the Pirates, in contrast to the 6.6 WAR he put up in the six seasons since. He is well out of his peak. With that being said, teams have not found as much value in his play now. In the past few years, McCutchen has jumped around to different teams including San Francisco, the Yankees, the Phillies, and most recently with the Brewers.
In 134 games with the Brewers last year, McCutchen hit .237 with 17 home runs, 69 RBIs, and 66 runs scored, producing an OPS of .700. Looking at his career stats, he still has a total OPS+ of 129.
Now that he is back on his original team, he is hoping to progress while also helping the team bounce back from two consecutive 100-loss seasons. After all, he is already very familiar with the club. It’s time to run it back to where it all began!
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