The Giants recently placed Andrew McCutchen on trade waivers, and the veteran outfielder has cleared them, which means he could be on the move by the end of the month.
#SFGiants’ Andrew McCutchen cleared revocable trade waivers, sources tell The Athletic.
— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) August 23, 2018
Sources: Giants would like to find a deal to move Andrew McCutchen before the Aug. 31 deadline.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) August 23, 2018
As I said previously, given how close the Giants are to the luxury tax limit, I’m sure they would love to move McCutchen if for no other reason than to save some of the $3ish million he’s owed the rest of the way.
McCutchen, 31, is a free agent after this season, is a highly-respected presence in the clubhouse, and is hitting .255/.353/.412 (112 wRC+). He can play all over the outfield, even if he’s no longer a plus out there. This is a good overall player to add to a playoff-hopeful team, and I think there’s a team out there that’s going to get a really nice boost from him.
Well, the addition of Daniel Murphy not only addressed much of the Cubs’ offensive needs, but also pushed them ever-closer to the luxury tax cap, themselves. I don’t see them going over it this year if they can at all avoid it.
Moreover, the Cubs have a very crowded outfield picture right now – which will become all the more crowded when Kris Bryant and Addison Russell return from the DL, pushing other guys around and limiting playing time – so as much as you might want to seem them bringing in a quality veteran like McCutchen, I’m not so sure he’s an obvious fit for them. The flip side of that is that you worry a lot less about the roster and playing time when rosters expand to the full 40-man on September 1 and you’re fighting for a playoff spot. You do what you can to improve.
Still, since McCutchen is freely tradable at this point, I expect there will be a lot of interest in him (even if teams didn’t want to take him at full contract freight).