As reported within the last hour, ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that The New York Yankees have acquired veteran outfielder Andrew McCutchen from the San Francisco Giants.
The Yankees, who have been dealing with significant losses to their offense in the last two months, have seen three of their most productive hitters being placed on the disabled list. As if the loss of their starting shortstop (Didi Gregarious) and starting catcher (Gary Sanchez) weren’t bad enough; the loss of superstar outfielder Aaron Judge has left not only a significant hole in the Yankees offense, but a defensive one too.
The acquiring of Andrew McCutchen signals that the Yankees may be getting worried about Judge’s timeline for a return. As it has already gone longer than originally hoped. With that, they have clearly decided that they can no longer afford to have the right field position be a throwaway spot in their lineup.
Without Judge, the Yankees have been forced to play Shane Robinson as their starting right fielder, this is due to Jacoby Ellsbury and Clint Frazier also being placed on the DL. Additionally, Giancarlo Stanton’s hamstring tightness has prevented him from being effective on defense.
The addition of the 2014 MVP, and long time Pittsburgh Pirate, will give the Yankees opportunities to both rest Stanton, and have an experience outfielder that can produce quality ABs and runs.
McCutchen, 31, will certainly feel a sense of renewal, as he moves from a team that is currently 4th in the NL West to one that will most likely obtain a playoff spot via the Wild Card. He is currently hitting .255 with 15 homers and 55 RBIs in 130 games this season.
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