Although he’s not the player he used to be, he’ll always be a former MVP with a massive fan base.
This offseason, McCutchen is a free agent.
He has played for four different teams throughout his MLB career so far, but could he soon make it five?
We’ll find out this winter.
Here are some possible landing spots for him.
3. Chicago White Sox
The Chicago White Sox are ready to win now.
They’re coming off of an AL Central title in the 2021 season, and they’ll look to take another step forward in 2022.
In order to do that, they could use some outfield help.
McCutchen could fill that need.
White Sox need help in RF. Cutch should be an option. https://t.co/1jr1wNkthS
— Josh Nelson (@soxmachine_josh) November 4, 2021
The 35-year-old is still a very serviceable player, and he’ll likely come at a reasonable price to whichever team ends up signing him.
For that reason, it’s a low-risk, high-reward type situation.
Will the White Sox get involved in the sweepstakes?
2. Philadelphia Phillies
Okay, let’s address a not-so-flashy possibility.
There’s always a chance McCutchen could return to the Philadelphia Phillies, the team he has been with since 2019.
The organization just declined its club option on McCutchen for 2022, but that doesn’t necessarily take the Phillies out of the conversation for him in free agency.
They could still sign him to a new deal.
In the 2021 season, the veteran posted a .778 OPS and 109 OPS+.
He homered 27 times and doubled 24 times.
This is Andrew McCutchen’s best moment in red pinstripes. pic.twitter.com/He69lKGd2M
— Jonny Heller (@JonnyHeller) November 3, 2021
He finished the year with a 1.3 WAR.
Before the Phillies’ season ended, McCutchen spoke about the possibility of returning to the team in 2022.
“I would love to be back, but at the end of the day it’s not my decision,” he said.
The ball is seemingly in the organization’s court.
1. Pittsburgh Pirates
Here’s something MLB fans would love to see: a McCutchen reunion with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
McCutchen made a name for himself with the Pirates and became a superstar during his time with the organization.
Over nine seasons in Pittsburgh, he earned five All-Star selections, an MVP award, and four top-five finished in the MVP race.
Those days are behind him, but tons of fans would love to see him in a Pirates uniform again.
The idea of this happening doesn’t seem impossible.
McCutchen would likely have to be okay with playing for a non-contending team, though, and at this stage of his career, winning a title might be the most important thing to him.
Only time will tell if some rumors surface connecting him to Pittsburgh.
One thing is for sure: McCutchen isn’t done yet.
He made that very clear in a recent tweet.
Far from done
— Andrew McCutchen (@TheCUTCH22) November 3, 2021
The four-time Silver Slugger isn’t ready to walk away from his playing career.
The market for him this offseason probably won’t be crazy, but he should have no trouble finding a home in 2022.
As far as where, that remains to be seen.
Some rumors will certainly start whirling when free agency officially opens, which is just a few days from now.