Andrew McCutchen is back in the Pittsburgh Pirates, it seems.
The 36-year-old, who was named 2013 NL MVP while playing in Pittsburgh, has agreed to a contract with the Pirates for the upcoming season, sources have confirmed. Finalization of the deal is pending a physical review.
A summer of milestones is likely ahead for McCutchen, who needs 52 more hits to hit 2,000 in his career, eight more doubles to hit 400 and another 13 homers to hit 300.
The Pirates drafted McCutchen with the 11th overall pick in 2005 and promoted him to the big leagues in 2009. McCutchen established himself as an impact player almost immediately: in 2011, he was named to the team All-Star, the first of five consecutive seasons. in which he earned this honor. In 2014, McCutchen led the league in on-base percentage (.410) and OPS (.952). He won a Gold Glove in 2012 for his defensive work in center field and finished in the top five in NL voting every year from 2012 to 2015.
In 2017, the Pirates moved McCutchen off center field, as promising Starling Marte began to establish himself in the big leagues, and with McCutchen approaching free agency, the Pirates traded him to the Giants for the outfielder. Bryan Reynolds, reliever Kyle Crick and international bonus dollars. Later that same year, the Giants traded him to the Yankees. McCutchen has since played for the Phillies and Brewers.
Last year he batted .237 for Milwaukee, with a .316 on-base percentage.
McCutchen joins the Pirates at a time when Pittsburgh is listening to offers for Reynolds.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was first to report McCutchen’s new deal with the Pirates.