Giants outfielder Andrew McCutchen

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Report: Yankees Acquire Andrew McCutchen From Giants

August 31, 2018 - 12:05 am
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By WFAN.com

The Yankees are reportedly adding another former MVP to their lineup.

The Bombers have agreed to a trade with the San Francisco Giants for outfielder Andrew McCutchen, ESPN's Buster Olney reported Thursday night. The New York Post's Joel Sherman reported that the Yankees had been discussing giving up two minor leaguers, including infielder Abiatal Avelino, in the deal. Avelino, the 23rd-ranked prospect in the organization, according to MLB.com, is hitting .287 with 15 home runs between Double-A and Triple-A this season.

A longtime Pittsburgh Pirate, McCutchen, 31, is a five-time All-Star. He was traded to San Francisco in January and is hitting .255 with 15 homers and 55 RBIs this season. McCutchen is in the final year of the six-year, $51.5 million contract he signed in March 2012. 

McCutchen will provide more depth in the outfield to the Yankees, who have been without Aaron Judge (fractured wrist) and Clint Frazier (concussion) for more than a month.

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McCutchen is the second former National League MVP the Yankees have acquired in the past nine months. In December, they traded for former Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton.

McCutchen was voted MVP in 2013. He has a .288 career batting average and 218 home runs.

Friday is baseball's deadline for teams to acquire players who would be eligible for their playoff rosters.

After Thursday night's 8-7 loss to the Tigers, the Yankees trail the Red Sox by 8 1/2 games in the AL East standings but are currently in position for the top wild-card spot.