The Phillies are reported to have reached agreement on a 3-year/$50M deal with OF Andrew McCutchen, pending a physical.
The Phillies agreed to terms for the former Pirates’ MVP/All Star’s age 32 thru 34 seasons. McCutchen is coming off a 2018 campaign where he posted a combined slash of .255/.368/.424/.792 for the Giants and Yankees.
McCutchen played in 155 games and accrued 682 plate appearances, 569 at bats, 145 hits, 20 HR, and 65 RBI. He drew 95 walks, struck out a career high 145 times, and posted a 118 OPS+, the second lowest in his 10-year.
The 2013 NL MVP has certainly entered the autumn of his career. He is 3 years removed from his last appearance in the All Star game and his last serious consideration for MVP in 2015
Still, McCutchen’s addition to the Phillies outfield appears to be a defensive improvement of last year’s contingent.
Matt Gelb and Jim Salisbury were among the first to report the signing.
More importantly, how does this affect the Phillies pursuit of Harper/Machado? Probably, not at all. They were looking at signing a Brantley type no matter which of the top guys they signed. McCutchen is the third best corner OF available via free agency. His signing fits into their plan. They can and should sign the additional parts they intend to sign. Waiting to see what Harper and Machado could cost them some of the guys they would have targeted.
I’ll keep adding to this as more facts become known. But for now, here’s a place for you to talk about the trade.