San Francisco Giants outfielder Andrew McCutchen could be traded soon, as the organization has placed him on revocable trade waivers this week.
There is a “very good chance” that the Giants will move the 31-year-old by the end of the week, according to Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic.
It would behoove the struggling Giants, who are not really in the playoff picture despite technically being within striking distance of the second wild card slot, to move McCutchen’s expiring contract in order to get some sort of return for it.
McCutchen is having a nice season overall for San Francisco after being traded there by the Pittsburgh Pirates over the offseason. He is hitting .257/.354/.414 (113 wRC+) over his first 122 games, according to Fangraphs. He is far from his 2013 MVP season, but he is still a solid player.
McCutchen won the MVP in 2013 with a line of .317/.404/.508 (156 wRC+) and then basically did it again the next year in 2014, slashing .314/.410/.542 (168 wRC+). He had a similar season before the MVP campaign in 2012 as well. He is still a fairly consistent player year-to-year, but he has obviously lost some of his speed and overall abilities, which is why he has shifted to a more permanent corner outfield position and has gradually declined from an MVP the last few seasons.
I’m not sure what teams are interested in acquiring McCutchen right now. He is having a good year, so teams could obviously use him. The Yankees have been looking for a right-handed outfield bat for a little while now, for example. McCutchen’s $14.75M salary is a lot for a team to take on. Many teams are not looking to add that much payroll at this time of the year, which will make a trade difficult with someone like the Yankees, who are right up against the luxury tax threshold.
Ultimately, some team will pull the trigger on a trade. McCutchen is still good enough that somebody will be willing to take on at least a healthy portion of the contract to get him for the playoff push and then lose his contract after the season.
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