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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.

Koji Uehara has retired

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Jim Allen of Kyodo News reports that Koji Uehara has retired from baseball.

Uehara, 44, has spent the past two seasons with the Yomiuri Giants, which is the where he began his career way back in 1998. He spent eight years there as a starter, winning 20 games in his rookie season, then one year as a closer and one year in swingman duties before coming to the United States.

Once in the majors he pitched for four different major league teams over nine seasons — the Orioles, Rangers, Red Sox and Cubs — from 2009-2017. In that time he posted an excellent 2.66 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and 572/78 K/BB ratio in 480.2 innings and notched 95 saves. He won a World Series ring with the Red Sox in 2013 and was an All-Star in 2014. Uehara’s last big league stint in America with the Cubs in 2017, for whom he posted a 3.98 ERA (111 ERA+) in 49 games.

Happy trails to an excellent reliever.