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Report: Giants acquire Andrew McCutchen from Pirates

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Update #2 (5:23 PM ET): Minor league outfielder Bryan Reynolds is also heading to the Pirates, per Nightengale.

Reynolds, 22, was selected by the Giants in the second round of the 2016 draft. MLB Pipeline ranked him as the fourth-best prospect in the Giants’ system. Last season, with High-A San Jose, Reynolds hit .312/.364/.462 with 10 home runs and 63 RBI in 540 plate appearances.

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Update (4:24 PM ET): Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports that pitching prospect Kyle Crick will head to the Pirates as part of the trade.

Crick, 25, was selected by the Giants in the first round (49th overall) of the 2011 draft. He made his major league debut last season, yielding 11 earned runs on 22 hits and 17 walks with 28 strikeouts in 32 1/3 innings. MLB Pipeline rates him as the 16th-best prospect in the Giants’ system.

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Giants have acquired outfielder Andrew McCutchen from the Pirates. The deal is pending a physical. The Pirates’ return is not yet known.

McCutchen, 31, bounced back from a mediocre 2016 by batting .279/.363/.486 with 28 home runs and 88 RBI in 650 plate appearances last season. The veteran can become a free agent after the season.

The Giants finished the 2017 regular season 64-98, but have made an effort to put a more competitive team together in 2018, adding McCutchen as well as third baseman Evan Longoria. According to Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports, the Giants are now out on free agent outfielder Lorenzo Cain after adding McCutchen. It’s known known if the Giants plan to put McCutchen in center field or in an outfield corner. The Pirates briefly moved him to right field due to his declining defense, then moved him back to center when Starling Marte was suspended last season.

The Pirates recently traded pitcher Gerrit Cole, so today’s trade comes as no surprise. McCutchen has been involved in trade rumors for well over a year.

Report: J.D. Martinez signing delayed by medical issue

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The Red Sox reportedly inked free agent outfielder J.D. Martinez to a five-year, $110 million contract last Monday, but there appears to be a slight hitch in the process. According to a report from Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston, the team is sorting through a medical issue that has delayed the signing. The specific nature of the issue has yet to be revealed, though Drellich adds that both the team and agent Scott Boras have involved additional medical experts in the process.

For what it’s worth, Martinez remained fairly healthy during his 2017 run with the Tigers and Diamondbacks. The 30-year-old outfielder spent six weeks on the disabled list after suffering a right foot sprain during camp, but managed to make a full recovery by mid-May and didn’t relapse once throughout the rest of the year. Of course, the medical issue holding up his new contract could be of an entirely different nature.

While spring training is already underway for the rest of the Red Sox, club manager Alex Cora doesn’t appear too concerned by Martinez’s absence — yet. “The thing I can do is my thing,” he told MLB.com’s Ian Browne. “My job here is to show up every day and get ’em ready.”