Andrew McCutchen loves this city so much, he named his firstborn son Steel.
But after nine seasons of home runs and highlight reel-worthy catches in PNC Park’s center field, it looks like dedicated Pittsburgher McCutchen is leaving town. MLB.com alerted fans about the trade this afternoon, announcing that (pending medical review) Cutch is now a San Francisco Giant.
The news comes just days after fan favorite and Opening Day starter Gerrit Cole was traded to the Astros.
Though McCutchen struggled during the past few seasons, the stands remained consistently filled with kids in “22” jerseys clamoring for autographs as the team warmed up before games. Despite his superstar status Cutch didn’t disappoint. He often gave the team’s youngest fans a few minutes of attention before hitting the field.
McCutchen is set to join former teammate Mark Melancon (and former 2013 Wild Card game nemesis Johnny Cueto), assuming those veteran pitchers aren’t traded elsewhere in the coming days. And he leaves behind a city filled with fans who will miss the leadership and determination that led the team to winning seasons after two decades of heartbreak.