Andrew McCutchen traded to Giants

by Doug Brown | Giants Correspondent | Wed, Jan 24th 12:32am EST

Andrew McCutchen was traded to the Giants January 17th for right-hander Kyle Crick, minor league outfielder Bryan Reynolds, and a $500,000 in international signing bonus allocation. Pittsburgh thinks Crick could be closer quality and he also has starting experience. Reynolds is still in A ball but has never hit less than .300 in two seasons. Pittsburgh improves young depth and all importantly cuts payroll. As for the Giants, they have McCutchen pencilled into right field initially, with Hunter Pence moving to left. The 31-year-old, McCutchen is a lifetime .291 hitter but over the last two years, he's only managed a .268 clip. Last year was somewhat a bounce back year as he increased his HRs by four and his BA by 24 points. (ESPN, Associated Press)

Fantasy Impact:

McCutchen goes to a Giants team playing home games at AT&T Park, which is the worst park in MLB for HRs. However, the field is much more negative to left-handed batters and McCutchen is a righty. The Giants lineup, with recent additions of McCutchen, Evan Longoria, and Austin Jackson, should be at least as productive as Pittsburgh. Last years production puts McCutchen somewhere near the 20th overall outfielder and he will likely be in a similar spot with the Giants.

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