Andrew McCutchen Officially Traded From Giants To Yankees

Didi Gregorius signs autographs for fans during the series against the Orioles this past weekend

Modal Trigger Didi Gregorius signs autographs for fans during the series against the Orioles this past weekend. Ron Sachs CNP

Andrew McCutchen was in his first season with the Giants after nine in Pittsburgh.

That's according to multiple reports Thursday evening, several of which claimed that, in return, San Francisco was set to receive minor league infielder Abiatal Avelino and another prospect from NY.

In a well-stocked Yankees' farm system, Avelino hasn't received much national press, but the 23-year-old native of the Dominican Republic has some skills that could make him a useful piece on a major league roster.

McCutchen bolsters the Yankees' outfield depth ahead of a playoff push with Aaron Judge still recovering from a fractured wrist.

Meanwhile, Stanton has played in 83 straight games, while Judge's replacements in right field, including Shane Robinson and Neil Walker, a veteran infielder pressed into service, have struggled at the plate.

McCutchen is out of his prime, but the 31-year-old outfielder is still hitting.255 with 15 homers, which is a significant upgrade over Shane Robinson and even Brett Gardner. Durability has also been a theme for the five-time All-Star, playing in at least 146 games each season since 2010. Friday is the last day to trade or acquire players through waivers.

Avelino, 23, combined with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Double-A Trenton to hit.287 (133-for-464) with 65R, 13 doubles, 8 triples, 15HR and 66RBI in 123 games this season. McCutchen is in the final year of the six-year, $51.5 million contract he signed in March 2012.

De Paula, 20, went 2-2 with a 1.71 ERA (47.1IP, 9ER) and 46K in 10 games (nine starts) with short-season Single-A Staten Island this season.

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