The Pittsburgh Pirates will be bringing back a friendly face for 2023.
Veteran outfielder Andrew McCutchen, who spent the 2022 season with the Milwaukee Brewers, will be making his return to where it all started all the way back in 2009.
The slugger hit for a .237 average with 17 home runs and 69 RBI during the regular season, primarily serving as a designated hitter for Milwaukee.
Now, things have come full circle, and the 36-year-old will be coming back to Pittsburgh.
The financial terms of the deal have yet to be revealed.
Pirates insider Jason Mackey was the first to break the news on McCutchen’s return to the Steel City.
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McCutchen spent the first nine seasons of his illustrious career in Pittsburgh.
In that span, the veteran outfielder hit a total of 203 home runs and drove in 725 runs while posting a batting average of .291.
After 2017, he was traded to the San Francisco Giants.
In that trade, the Pirates received another star in Bryan Reynolds, who may soon be on his way out.
The 36-year-old was a key factor in the team changing its fortunes after 20 consecutive losing seasons, leading them to the postseason three straight years from 2013-15.
After his brief stop in San Francisco, he was dealt to the New York Yankees for the stretch run of the 2018 season.
He also spent three seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Pittsburgh has a young team that consists of Reynolds, Ke’Bryan Hayes, David Bednar, and Oneil Cruz.
McCutchen should be a solid veteran addition for the club and somebody the young players can lean on in the clubhouse,