The Pittsburgh Pirates disclosed the next part in remaking their roster Monday with the trade of five-time All-Star outfielder Andrew McCutchen to the San Francisco Giants for 25-year-old right-hander Kyle Crick, minor league outfield prospect Bryan Reynolds and $500,000 in international bonus pool space.
Fans at PNC Park last season saw McCutchen put up a .279 average in 570 at-bats plus 28 home runs and 88 RBIs. His slugging percentage was .486, and he stole 11 bases. He is in the last year of an agreement that pays him $14,500,000 in 2018.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy spoke to Daniel Kramer of MLB.com, “Andrew is a dynamic player on the field and will be a leader in our clubhouse. He’s always been a threat at the plate, and he’s a guy you don’t ever want to deal with, whether he’s at the plate or on the bases; he’s going to make something happen.”
Cutch tweeted out his goodbye to the Burgh on Twitter…
Pittsburgh.My Home.My Fans.My City. The placed that raised me and helped mold me into the man I am today. You will 4ever be in my heart.A tip of the cap to all who have been on this journey with me. With Love and respect,
— andrew mccutchen (@TheCUTCH22) January 15, 2018
And the Black and Gold conveyed their appreciation…
— Pirates (@Pirates) January 16, 2018
One more note from Twitter…
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) January 16, 2018
Crick appeared in 30 contests for San Francisco and delivered 28 strikeouts in 32.1 innings pitched. He assembled a 3.06 ERA and a 1.206 WHIP. Per Spotrac.com, he earned $535,000 in 2017.
Reynolds, 22, batted .312 with a .462 slugging percentage last summer with the advanced Single-A San Jose Giants in the California League. He added 10 home runs and 63 RBI’s to the box score in 121 matchups.
The experts at MLBPipeline.com ranked Reynolds at No. 4 and rated Crick at No. 16 among the Giants Top 30 prospects.
Neal Huntington, executive vice-president and general manager of the Pirates had another deal in the works on Monday. Per the MLB Network’s Ken Rosenthal…
Sources: #Pirates signing LH closer Felipe Rivero to four-year contract with two club options. Guarantee believed to be about $22M, with each club option $10M. Deal will cover all four arb years and potentially two FA years. Not clear if an agency was involved in negotiations.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 15, 2018
Rivero, who turns 27 in July, came through with a record of 5-3, 21 saves, and 88 strikeouts last summer. The native of San Felipe, Venezuela constructed a 1.67 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP as a crew member of the Jolly Roger.
The breakdown of the contract according to the USA Today’s Bob Nightengale…
Felipe Rivero new $22 Million deal with #Pirates: He will receive $2.5M in 2018, $4M in 2019, $5.25M in 2020, $7.25M in 2021 and $2 million signing bonus. He also has club option in 2022 and 2023 for $10 million or $1M buyout in 2022, 500K in 2023.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) January 15, 2018
Video From Pittsburgh Pirates On YouTube.com – Felipe Rivero 2017 Highlights…
DYST Pittsburgh’s Jason Havelka writes about the four players the Pirates got from the Astros for right-hander Gerrit Cole here.
Who knows which Pittsburgh player will walk the plank next? Josh Harrison and Francisco Cervelli may want to keep their realtors on speed-dial, just in case. The crew at Spotrac.com has Cervelli making $10,500,000 and Harrison $10,250,000 this summer.
Meanwhile, I think Pirates manager Clint Hurdle is going to have a lot of introductions to make in the clubhouse at the start of spring training.