Pirates Bring Back Veteran OF Andrew McCutchen on a 1-Year Deal

Andrew McCutchen with the Philadelphia Phillies center in 2019
Andrew McCutchen with the Philadelphia Phillies center in 2019. Photo by John Fisher/CSM/Shutterstock (10248305cc)

Veteran outfielder Andrew McCutchen will get one more run with the Pittsburgh Pirates. According to MLB Network’s Mark Feinsand, McCutchen agreed to a one-year, $5 million deal with the Pirates for the 2024 MLB season.

McCutchen returned to Pittsburgh for his second spell with the Pirates ahead of the 2023 campaign. He batted .256 with 12 home runs and 43 RBIs in 112 games before a partial tear of his Achilles tendon ended his season in September.

McCutchen spent the first nine years of his MLB career with the Pirates, earning five All-Star nods and earning NL MVP honors in 2013. He later had stints with the San Francisco Giants, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, and Milwaukee Brewers.

The Pirates brought back McCutchen last season because they needed leadership and experience in their clubhouse. However, the 37-year-old showed that he can also make an impact on the field, although mainly as a designated hitter. He is expected to serve in the same role next season as well.

An additional year in the majors gives McCutchen an opportunity to hit some significant milestones. He needs only one home run to get into 300 homers club, which would also make him only the 26th player in MLB history with 300 home runs and 200 stolen bases.