The New York Yankees need help in the outfield and they’re calling on Andrew McCutchen to fill the void until Aaron Judge returns.
After Thursday night’s heartbreaking 8-7 loss to the Detroit Tigers, the New York Yankees made a move to help bolster their beat up and fatigued lineup.
According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Yankees acquired former NL MVP, Andrew McCutchen from the San Francisco Giants.
Yankees get McCutchen: source
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) August 31, 2018
The Yankees will be sending back a pair of minor leaguers that includes infielder Abiatal Avelino, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Avelino is listed by MLB Pipeline as the 23rd ranked prospect in the Yankees organization.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) August 31, 2018
With Aaron Judge sidelined since late July with a wrist injury after getting hit by a pitch, Jacoby Ellsbury missing the entire season due to multiple injuries and Clint Frazier just beginning his rehab assignment in Tampa for his concussion, the Yankees are in dire need of help in the outfield.
In the meantime, the Yankees have had to rely on Shane Robinson to play the part of the fourth outfielder and have had to continuously play Giancarlo Stanton in right field, despite him not being 100 percent healthy.
So far in 2018, McCutchen is slashing .255/.357/.415 with 15 home runs and 55 RBIs. The 31-year-old is a little bit past his prime, but he can still bring experience and a major league bat to the Bronx. If nothing else, he is a significant upgrade over Shane Robinson.
With still no timetable on Judge’s return, the Yankees will be relying on the five-time All-Star to provide a much-needed spark in the heart of the order.