The San Fransisco Giants have acquired veteran outfielder Andrew McCutchen from the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Giants will send reliever Kyle Crick and prospects to the Pirates in return.
The Giants have spent their whole offseason looking for an all-star outfielder. The organization had a deal with the Miami Marlins for Giancarlo Stanton, but the deal was vetoed by Stanton, who had a no-trade clause. The acquisition of McCutchen will allow the Giants to be competitive next season after one of the team's worst seasons on record.
McCutchen, 31, has spent his whole career with the Pirates. The former first round pick will hit free agency after this season.
Last season, McCutchen hit .279, with 28 home runs and 88 RBIs. The 2013 NL MVP and five time all-star is also very good on the defensive side of things. He will play very well in the very spacious outfield at AT&T Park.
Robert Murray and Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports were first to report the deal was the close and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic was first to report the deal was done.
The Houston Astros have acquired starter Gerrit Cole from the Pittsburgh Pirates, per Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports. The Pirates will receive outfield prospect Jason Martin, infield prospect Colin Moran, and pitchers Joe Musgrove and Michael Feliz.
The reigning World Series champions have arguably now the strongest rotation in baseball, which features Justin Verlander, Dallas Keuchel, and Lance McCullers. Not to mention, top pitching prospect Forrest Whitley will likely be joining the rotation some time this season. The Houston Astros just finished their best season in team history, and they needed Cole because of potential postseason runs by the Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Angels.
Cole, 27, has two years of control left before he hits free agency after the 2019 season. Last year, Cole went 12-12 with a 4.26 ERA in 33 starts. Cole will give the Astros 200+ innings this upcoming season. This is why Cole is very durable for the Astros' organization.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have re-acquired utility man Sean Rodriguez from the Atlanta Braves for minor league catcher Connor Joe, per Mark Bowman of MLB.com.
Rodriguez to the Pirates is the first move of the August waiver trade season. The Pirates enter play this evening with a record of 53-56 and sit 4 1/2 games behind the Cubs for possession of the NL Central division. The Pirates plan to utilize Rodriguez in multiple ways. He can play all four infield positions and all three outfield positions.
Rodriguez, 32, has played only a month in a Braves uniform. He was expected to miss the whole season but came back earlier than expected after he was involved in a car accident in January. He needed surgery to repair his badly injured left shoulder, as a result of the car accident.
Rodriguez has appeared in only 15 games this season. He has two home runs and 3 RBIs in 37 at-bats, with a batting average of .162. Rodriguez will rejoin his former team where he spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons.
Rodriguez is signed through the 2018 season. He agreed to a two-year, $11.5 million this past offseason with the Braves.
Major League Baseball announced earlier today that Pittsburgh Pirates star OF Starling Marte has been suspended for 80 games, effective immediately, for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports was first to report the suspension.
This is a tough blow for the Pirates, who have started the season with a record of 6-7. The Pirates, who have made it to the postseason several times in the past five seasons, were hoping their star studded outfield of Gregory Polanco, Andrew McCutchen, and Starling Marte, would help them once again make it to the postseason and compete with the Chicago Cubs.
The Pirates have already called up OF Jose Osuna to take over for Marte, who will begin serving his suspension this evening. Another possible replacement for Marte, is top prospect OF Austin Meadows.
Marte, 28, was an all star last season. He batted a slash line of .311/.362/.456 with nine home runs and 46 RBIs in only 489 at bats. Marte also tallied 47 stolen bases in 2016. This year, Marte was off to a slow start offensively. He owns a slash line of .241/.288/.370 with only two home runs and 13 RBIs,
Since making his big league debut in 2012, Marte has had a successful career with the Pirates. Overall in his six year playing career, he owns a slash line of .288/.344/.446 with 60 HRs and 242 RBIs.
Marte, signed a six-year, $31 million deal three seasons ago.
According to Yahoo's Jeff Passan, the left-handed ace of the Chicago White Sox, Jose Quintana, is drawing trade interest from multiple teams. The teams who are interested in Quintana are the Atlanta Braves, Houston Astros, and Pittsburgh Pirates
Quintana was a hot commodity over the past offseason. With a weak free agent pitching class, the White Sox received phone calls from tons of teams about Quintana and former teammate Chris Sale, whom they traded to the Red Sox during the winter meetings.
Jim Bowden of ESPN reported this morning a trade could happen before opening day, but nothing is close. Bowden also reported that if the Astros were to acquire the young southpaw, the blockbuster deal would have to include top prospects RHP Francis Martes and OF Kyle Tucker.
A deal involving Quintana is a smart move for the three teams reportedly interested in him. Quintana is under team control until after the 2020 season. He is owed $37.85 million until he is eligible to become a free agent. Even though he is owed $37.85 million over the next four seasons, any team that were to pick him up after the 2020 season, will probably need to pay him over $25 million.
Quintana is still very young, entering his age 28 season. He was dominant last season, with an ERA of 3.20 and striking out 181. His great 2016 campaign led him to finish 10th in the American League CY young voting.