San Francisco Giants trade for All Star outfielder

Andrew McCutchen

(KRON) The San Francisco Giants have traded for All-Star outfielder Andrew McCutchen from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

And by baseball reporter Ken Rosenthal:

The Pirates will receive Kyle Crick and Bryan Reynolds in exchange.

Outfield Hunter Pence was one of the first Giants to welcome McCutchen to the Bay Area.

This is the second All-Star the Giants have acquired in the offseason.

In mid-December, third baseman Evan Longoria was added to the team.

The Giants’ brass realizes adding Longoria to the lineup and an already-talented infield gives San Francisco a far better chance of bouncing back from a surprising last-place season in the NL West.

An offense-producing third baseman the Giants sought this winter, Longoria was traded from Tampa Bay for outfielder Denard Span, star infield prospect Christian Arroyo and two minor league pitchers.

The 32-year-old leaves Tampa Bay as the longest-tenured player in franchise history, after spending 10 of his big league seasons in a Rays uniform. He is the club’s leader with 1,435 games, 261 home runs and 892 RBIs. Longoria started all 30 of the Rays’ postseason games at third.

Longoria batted .261 with 20 homers and 86 RBIs last season. The 2008 AL Rookie of the Year and three-time Gold Glover has played at least 156 games in each of the past five seasons and hit 20 or more home runs in all of those years.

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