McCutchen, 31, is in the final year of a contract that is paying him $14.5 million in 2018. He had four top-5 MVP finishes from 2012-15, including a first place finish in 2013, but his defense has been in decline the past couple of seasons, and he is probably best suited for a corner outfield role going forward, rather than center field, which he has played throughout his career.
The Rangers have reportedly inquired on McCutchen in the past, but with just a year left on his contract and a move to a COF spot likely in the cards, he’s not a good fit for Texas at this point.
I have not seen anything yet regarding the specifics of what Pittsburgh is getting in return, but Kyle Crick is reportedly in the deal. We will update with more information once additional details are available.
UPDATE — Bryan Reynolds is the other player going to Pittsburgh in this deal. Reynolds, who turns 23 this month, was the Giants second round pick out of Vanderbilt in 2016, selected four picks before the Rangers selected Alex Speas. Rey