The veteran outfielder was traded from the San Francisco Giants to the Yankees on Thursday, and while he's excited about the prospect of playing in the playoffs with NY, he does have one very unique concern. He's owed the remainder of his $14.75 million salary and is a free agent after the season. The Giants will receive infielder Abiatal Avelino and another minor leaguer.
The Yankees could use another outfielder and have never been shy about bringing in big names.
In New York, the 31-year-old will provide the Yankees with some much-needed outfield depth down the stretch.
McCutchen, 31, has hit.255/.357/.415 with 15 home runs and 55 RBI in 568 plate appearances this season with the Giants.
The durable McCutchen had played at least 153 games in each of the past three seasons for the Pirates, batting.279 with 28 home runs and 88 RBIs in 156 games in 2017.
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We're in the centre circle and I'm looking up to Arsene and I said: 'Look at the dugouts Arsene, they're miles away. We need to push and have the ambition and desire to improve every day.
The trade could be an indication that the Yankees are concerned about the health of Judge, who has been slow to return from a fractured right wrist he suffered July 23.
McCutchen will be with the Yankees for the season's final month and, as it appears likely, the Wild Card game.
If the deal goes through before the end of Friday, McCutchen will be eligible for the Yankees' postseason roster.
Avelino, 23, combined with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Double-A Trenton to hit.287 (133-for-464) with 65R, 13 doubles, 8 triples, 15HR and 66RBI in 123 games this season. Before coming to the Giants, he played all nine of his major-league seasons with the Pirates.