So, on December 20 they traded for Longoria, the best player in the history of the Tampa Bay Rays, who also is 32 years old.
After nine fabulous seasons in Pittsburgh that saw McCutchen become a five-time All-Star, a four-time Silver Slugger Award victor, a Gold Glove victor in 2012, and National League MVP in 2013, his tenure in Pittsburgh has come to an end. Any three would do the trick and would be cheap for a two or three year contract.
Following three seasons that reached (and ended quickly, granted) in October, the Pirates missed the playoffs in consecutive years, veered from 98 wins to 78 to 75, dealt ace Gerrit Cole to the Houston Astros on Saturday and two days later offloaded their franchise player, as well. The terms of the trade are not yet known, though it's expected that Pittsburgh will be getting back some top prospects. He was a full package guy playing on several postseason teams.
The Florida native had played for the Pirates since 2009.
McCutchen, a five-time All-Star, was the National League's MVP in 2013.More news: AMD releases update for Windows with Spectre security vulnerability fixes
McCutchen batted.279 with 28 home runs and 88 RBIs last season, his ninth with the Pirates.
Harrison can be controlled through 2020, and at 30-years old, he likely won't be part of the next great Pirates team. Unlike Longoria, McCutchen has just one season remaining before he's eligible for free agency.
Together, the two right-handed hitters balance the Giants' lineup and add some much-needed power to the team that finished last in baseball in home runs past year.
McCutchen's contributions at the plate should outweigh his poor defense, which makes this trade a logical move for a Giants team that aims for big improvement in 2018.