Andrew McCutchen goes home.
The five-time All-Star returns to where it all began after he and the Pittsburgh Pirates agreed to a one-year deal.
McCutchen won the National League MVP Award with the Pirates in 2013. He was one of the top five in voting every year from 2012 to 2015 and was a finalist three of those years. The Pirates selected him with the 11th overall pick in the 2005 MLB Draft.
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McCutchen tweeted a photo of himself with his two sons looking at his MVP trophy on his wall while wearing a Pirates jersey.
«Where it all began,» he wrote.
The 36-year-old revived a Pirates team that hadn’t made the postseason for 20 straight seasons. His MVP campaign led Pittsburgh to a National League Wild Card game in 2013. That game is now known as «The Cueto Game» as fans derisively chanted Johnny Cueto’s name on the mound. After he was clearly nervous, he dropped the ball on the mound and his next pitch resulted in a home run by Russell Martin.
The Pirates clinched a wild card berth every season from 2013 to 2015, but have failed to make the postseason since.
Prior to the 2018 season, Pittsburgh traded McCutchen to the San Francisco Giants, who traded him to the New York Yankees in August.
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He signed a three-year contract with the Philadelphia Phillies before the 2019 season, and spent last season with the Milwaukee Brewers.
As a member of the Pirates for nine years, McCutchen hit .291 with an .866 OPS. His .384 slugging percentage and .700 OPS in 2022 were the worst marks of his career.
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The Pirates could trade Bryan Reynolds at any time. The Pirates acquired him from San Francisco in exchange for McCutchen. So McCutchen’s everyday role is up in the air. For now, he’s likely a rotation outfielder who could see more time if Reynolds leaves.