Welcome to the Bronx, Andrew McCutchen.
With Aaron Judge on the disabled list with a broken bone in his wrist and a timetable for his return still up in the air, the New York Yankees have apparently swung an 11th-hour trade with the San Francisco Giants to acquire the former NL MVP and five-time All-Star outfielder.
With the end of the waiver deadline coming later Friday, the Yanks pulled the trigger on a deal that has yet to be finalized, according to a couple of sources. Going the other way are a couple of prospects, one of who is apparently AAA infielder Abiatal Avelino.
McCutchen will help fill some of the power void vacated by Judge, as he was hitting .255, with 28 doubles, two triples, 15 homers and 55 RBI in 130 games with San Francisco. He also stole 13 bases and drew 73 walks to log a .357 on-base percentage.
McCutchen played the majority of his games in right field this season — a position occupied by Giancarlo Stanton — but for the better part of his career was a centerfielder.
Besides the unknown length of time that Judge will take to heal, the Yankees made the move to try and keep pace with the Boston Red Sox, who are 8.5 games ahead of them and to keep a stranglehold on the first wild card playoff spot.