The Pittsburgh Pirates took a definitive step in their rebuilding on Monday, agreeing to trade former National League MVP Andrew McCutchen to the San Francisco Giants, according to multiple reports.
It is unclear what Pittsburgh will receive in exchange for McCutchen, a five-time All-Star outfielder who helped revitalize the Pirates' franchise and led the club to three consecutive postseason appearances in 2013 to & # 39; 15.
Athletic was the first to inform the agreement, which would be the second major operation this offseason for both teams. The trade is pending the completion of a physical examination, according to reports.
The brand marks the end of an era for the Pirates, who two days ago faced the ace Gerrit Cole with Houston, but signaled the beginning of their reconstruction with the exchange of McCutchen, one of the most successful and popular players of the franchise.
McCutchen, 31, would become the last veteran star to join the Giants, who already got three times to third baseman All-Star Evan Longoria in a Exchange last month with Tampa Bay Rays.
McCutchen enters the last year of his contract and is scheduled to win $ 14.5 million in 2018.
The Giants, looking to bounce back from a 98-loss season and finish last in 2017, hope McCutchen will reinforce a outfield that lacks proven veterans beyond Hunter Pence.
The Pirates endured 20 consecutive losing years before McCutchen's MVP season in 2013, when they won 94 games and reached the NL Division Series. The Pirates led by McCutchen also made appearances in the National League wild card game in 2014 and 2015, but had trouble losing records in each of the last two seasons.
McCutchen hit .279 with 28 homers and 88 RBIs last season, his ninth with the Pirates. He played four times as a silver hitter and has 203 homers in his career, fourth in the history of the Pirates franchise.