“Hey guys, we had a really good 2017 season, and we look like one of the best teams coming into 2018. What should we do?”
“TRADE FOR THE NL MVP!!”
“Okay, okay we got Stanton. Now our team is complete, right?”
“TRADE FOR BRITTON!!!!!”
“Uhm, okay, our bullpen was already kinda stacked, but we got Britton, he was once the best in the game. But NOW we’re set, right?”
“GET ANOTHER STARTER?”
“Seriously? Uhm, okay, JA Happ seems to be the best guy available, we’ll trade for him. Awesome, our team is fina-”
“GET ANOTHER PAST MVP!!!!!!!!”
“What, but guys, our team is already stacked-”
“TRADE FOR MCCUTCHEN!!!!!!!”
“You’re joking, ri-”
*sigh* “Alrighty then.”
That’s pretty much how I imagine this season has been for the Yankees.
Per source, Andrew McCutchen has been traded to the Yankees.
— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) August 31, 2018
Andrew McCutchen has been traded from the San Francisco Giants to the New York Yankees in exchange for infielder Abiatal Avelino and RHP Juan De Paula.
McCutchen’s season has been a disappointment after a resurgent 2017. He’s nowhere near the MVP player he was back from 2012-2015, batting just .255/.357/.415 with 15 HR and 13 SB. However, those numbers certainly aren’t bad, and will make for a great fill in role for Judge until he returns to the lineup.
The other upside with McCutchen that he bats better (.272/.363/.450) against LHP, which can’t be said for Aaron Hicks or Brett Gardner.
Now, I’m ready to throw the pinstripes on and get to work. @Yankees let’s go!
— andrew mccutchen (@TheCUTCH22) August 31, 2018
In return, the Giants are getting two prospects, Avelino and De Paula, who fall in at 17th and 18th respectively in their system. Avelino is having a solid season between double and triple A this year, batting .287 with a .779 OPS along with 15 HR and 25 SB. De Paula has pitched to a 2.49 career ERA in 47 minor league games (41 games started), and although is still in the low levels shows a lot of upside.
Ultimately, this was the best thing the Giants could have done considering they’ve fallen out of contention. But, they did give up top prospects Kyle Crick and Bryan Reynolds plus international slot money to get McCutchen, so ultimately they’re losing. On the flop, New York just keeps adding to their empire, making for what’s bound to be a thrilling playoff battle this October.