The Pirates and Giants have reached an agreement to a trade that would send Andrew McCutchen to San Francisco, Ken Rosenthal reports.
There is no word yet on the return headed to the Pirates.
More to come as the story develops.
UPDATE (WTM): RHP Kyle Crick is supposedly part of the deal.
Per source, Kyle Crick is part of the McCutchen trade.— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) January 15, 2018
Crick is a hard-throwing reliever with high K rates and poor control. If he’s the main piece in the trade, it’s basically a giveaway.
And now . . .
I am not amused.
And . . .
One name that has bounced around in Andrew McCutchen trade talks is OF Bryan Reynolds. Pirates are getting Kyle Crick for sure and Reynolds could be part of the deal that sent McCutchen to San Francisco.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 15, 2018
This obviously isn’t confirmed. Reynolds is the #5 prospect in a bottom-feeding system. He has a good hit tool but hasn’t hit for power and scouts don’t think he will without changing his swing. He plays some in center but is fringy there.
The return is in fact Reynolds:
Confirmed: Bryan Reynolds and Kyle Crick to Pittsburgh for McCutchen. Unclear if there is any money being exchanged. Doesn't appear to be.— Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) January 15, 2018
After the poor return for Gerrit Cole, this is probably about what you’d expect for McCutchen. The larger question, of course, is whether it was worth trading the two at all.
And, finally . . .
Well, OK, there’s more. The Pirates will give up cash considerations, but will also get $500,000 in international bonus pool money from the Giants, which oddly is exactly what they gave up for Nick Burdi. Presumably they have a use for the money, but who knows.