Free agency might be heating up.
More players are on the move as we draw ever closer to the start of spring training games on Thursday.
With the lockout now over, free agents can sign again, and transactions of any kind are allowed.
The market got a little busier last night, as veteran outfielder Andrew McCutchen found a new home.
The five-time All-Star inked a one-year deal with the defending NL Central champion Milwaukee Brewers, joining a squad that already features some elite pitching, and sliding into an outfield which consists of Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain.
The financial terms of the deal have yet to be disclosed.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) March 14, 2022
A Savvy Signing
This is a good move for the Brewers.
McCutchen, 35, may be past his prime, but he is still fully capable of producing at the big-league level and is a strong veteran presence inside any clubhouse he’s a part of.
“Cutch,” as he’s affectionately referred to, hit for a less than impressive .222 average with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2021, but still managed to hit 27 home runs and also drove in 80 runs.
With the DH now being implemented in the National League, it’s very possible that McCutchen could see some time out of that spot in addition to playing in the outfield.
The Brewers lineup gets a big boost with this move too.
McCutchen brings some pop to an already solid lineup.
The Brewers now will look to defend their NL Central title as we move closer to the start of the 2022 regular season.
We’ll see if this move pans out for Milwaukee.
McCutchen provides some valuable veteran leadership and should fit right in with the Brew Crew.