San Francisco Giants outfielder Andrew McCutchen could be traded soon, as the organization has placed him on revocable trade waivers this week.
According to Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic, there is a “very good chance” that the Giants will move the 31-year-old by the end of the week.
The struggling Giants are not really in the playoff picture, despite technically being within striking distance of the second wild-card slot. As such, it would behoove the team to move McCutchen’s expiring contract in order to get some sort of return.
McCutchen is having a nice season overall with San Francisco after being traded 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+). He essentially did the same 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. He has shifted to a more permanent corner outfield position and has gradually declined over the last few seasons.
It is not clear which teams are interested in acquiring McCutchen right now. He is having a good year, so many teams could use him. For example, the Yankees have been looking for a right-handed outfield bat for some time.
McCutchen’s $14.75 million salary is a lot for a team to take on, however. Many teams are not looking to add that much payroll at this time of the year. This fact will make a trade difficult with a team such as the Yankees, who are right up against the luxury tax threshold.
Ultimately, a team will pull the trigger on a trade. McCutchen is still a good player, and somebody will be willing to take on at least a healthy portion of the contract to acquire him for the playoff push.
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