Yankees acquire Andrew McCutchen from Giants

Andrew McCutchen

Friday afternoon, the Yankees swung a trade with the Giants that sends Andrew McCutchen to NY for two prospects.

Andrew McCutchen is officially headed to the Bronx. Since 2009, he ranks second among Major League hitters in runs scored and times on base (2,412), and fifth in hits and walks.

The Yankees sent infielder Abiatal Avelino and right-hander Juan De Paula to San Francisco for McCutchen and cash considerations.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that McCutchen is owed about $2 million for the rest of the campaign.

In order for a player to be eligible for a team's postseason run, trades must be final by Friday.

The Yankees were said to be seeking outfield upgrades ahead of the July 31 non-waiver deadline but were unable to make any big additions. The Giants acquired him from the Pirates before the start of the regular season. Star outfielder Aaron Judge sustained a chip fracture of the right wrist just over a month ago.

McCutchen, a 31-year-old former National League MVP and long the face of the Pittsburgh Pirates' franchise, is batting.255 with 15 homers, 55 RBIs and 13 stolen bases in 130 games this season.

Following a loss to the Detroit Tigers on Thursday night, the Yankees are 84-50 and 8 1/2 games back of the Boston Red Sox in the American League East.

In New York, McCutchen will be reunited with longtime Pittsburgh teammate Neil Walker, where both will have a chance to win a first World Series championship. NY holds a four-game lead over the Oakland Athletics for the No. 1 wild card in the AL.

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