Pittsburgh Pirates Sign Andrew McCutchen to a One-Year Deal

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The Pittsburgh Pirates are signing Andrew McCutchen on a 1-year deal pending a physical. It looks like it will be a story book ending for the fans and and the former NL MVP after all.

I was told early Friday morning by a source close to the situation that Andrew McCutchen was made an offer by the Pittsburgh Pirates late last night. It was later confirmed by Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Mackey stated that is was a 1 year deal pending a physical. The dollar amount offered has yet to be made public.

McCutchen last played for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2017. He was traded the following offseason for none other than our current star outfielder, Bryan Reynolds. This could be a great story book ending for all parties involved. Last year with the Brewers, McCutchen slashed .237/.316/.384 with an OPS of .700. He also showed he had some power hitting 17 home runs. That was still better than most of the Pirates lineup all last season.

Hopefully McCuthen can have an Albert Pujols type ending to his career and show he still has enough juice left in the tank to have a great 2023 season. Either way, Pirate fans should be very excited to see the former NL MVP back home in Pittsburgh with the Pirates.

Entering the season McCutchen is 13 home runs shy of 300 for his career. He is also just eight doubles shy of reaching the 400 double milestone, and 52 hits away from 2000. This could lead to a fun summer of milestones for McCutchen and Pirate fans.

No matter what, having Cutch back home in the Burgh will be a feel good moment for the fans. It is also a much needed positive PR move for the Pirate front office. Welcome home, Cutch!