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.
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.
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.
On Friday evening, Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association announced the first set of results for COVID-19 testing as part of the mandatory intake screening process under MLB’s COVID-19 Health Monitoring & Testing Plan. Per Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Athletics are not part of this data because their testing has not yet been completed.
There were 38 positive tests, accounting for 1.2% of the 3,185 samples collected and tested. 31 of the 38 individuals who tested positive are players. 19 different teams had one or more individuals test positive.
Sports Illustrated’s Emma Baccellieri notes that the positive test rate in the U.S. nationally is 8.3 percent. The NBA’s positive test rate was 7.1 percent. MLB’s positive test rate is well below average. This doesn’t necessarily mean that anything is wrong with MLB’s testing or that it’s an atypical round of testing. Rather, MLB’s testing population may more closely represent the U.S. population as a whole. Currently, because testing is still somewhat limited, those who have taken tests have tended to be those exhibiting symptoms or those who have been around others who have tested positive. If every single person in the U.S. took a test, the positive test rate would likely come in at a much lower number.
Several players who tested positive have given their consent for their identities to be made known. Those are: Delino DeShields (link), Brett Martin (link), Edward Colina, Nick Gordon, and Willians Astudillo (link). Additionally, Red Sox lefty Eduardo Rodríguez has not shown up to Red Sox camp yet because he has been around someone who tested positive, per The Athletic’s Jen McCaffrey.