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In a move that everyone saw coming, the Pirates have re-signed veteran outfielder Andrew McCutchen to a one year deal worth 5 million dollars.
The signing won’t generate quite the hype of last year’s reunion, but this signing could go a long way for a young Pirates squad in need of a veteran presence. There was no better moment at PNC Park last season than when Andrew McCutchen stepped into the batter’s box for the first time. He brought a buzz to the town that nobody else in baseball could.
Last season, McCutchen did more than just bring people back to PNC Park—he played well. He hit .256 with 12 home runs and even as a 37-year-old, he stole 11 bases. He was used almost exclusively as a designated hitter, and he is likely to return to that role.
In September, McCutchen suffered a partial tear of his Achilles and missed the rest of the season. At the time of McCutchen’s injury, he was sitting on 299 career home runs and many Pirate fans are glad to learn he may reach number 300 while wearing a Buccos uniform.
Jack Suwinski and Bryan Reynolds most likely have two everyday spots locked up in the outfield and Edward Olivares, Connor Joe and Joshua Palacios will battle for the other corner outfield spot.
The team made some offseason improvements from last year and if they were to take that next step in 2024, it is poetic that Andrew McCutchen is part of it.