San Francisco Giants center fielder Andrew McCutchen (22) hits an RBI double during the ninth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. He could fill that spot for the Yankees, who have been missing slugger Aaron Judge since his wrist was broken by a pitch in late July.
THURSDAY: ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Yankees have acquired outfielder Andrew McCutchen from the Giants in exchange for a pair of prospects. That means he has roughly $2 million left on his deal this season.
If the deal goes through before the end of Friday, McCutchen will be eligible for the Yankees' postseason roster. He was a five-time All-Star with Pittsburgh and the 2013 NL MVP. The 31-year-old McCutchen has averaged 155 games per season over the past eight years, with no fewer than 146 in any one season, and even his diminished offensive production would represent a short-term upgrade as the Yankees try to hold on to their lead in the wild card race. The Giants acquired him from the Pirates before the start of the regular season.
McCutchen is batting.255 with 15 home runs and 55 home runs for the Giants this season.
McCutchen made it to the majors in 2009 with Pittsburgh, immediately making an impact, hitting.286/.365/.471 with 12 home runs and 22 stolen bases in his rookie year.
McCutchen has been sporting a beard for the majority of his Major League Baseball career, but due to the Yankees' no-facial hair rule, the 31-year-old was forced to shave and he's anxious about the effect it might have on his kids.
The New York Yankees are dealing with significant injury issues and depth at the outfielder position is thin.