Andrew McCutchen is returning to the team where it all began for him. The former Brewers designated hitter and outfielder has agreed to return to the Pittsburgh Pirates on a one-year deal (pending a physical). Jason Mackey of Post Gazette Sports announced the deal on Twitter.
Sources: Andrew McCutchen returning to the Pirates. One-year deal pending physical.
— Jason Mackey (@JMackeyPG) January 13, 2023
McCutchen hit .237/.316/.384 for the Milwaukee Brewers this past season. The outfielder/DH had 17 home runs and 69 RBI in 134 games for the Brewers.
Can Andrew McCutchen Still Hit Lefties?
For his career, Andrew McCutchen has hit .300 with 91 home runs and has 270 RBI against left-handed pitching. The Brewers signed McCutchen to help bolster their offense against lefties. In 2021, when McCutchen was with the Philadelphia Phillies, he hit .293 with 15 home runs and 32 RBI against left-handed pitchers.
Unfortunately, that success did not translate to Milwaukee. This past season, McCutchen hit just .221 with seven home runs and 19 RBI against left-handed pitching.
Andrew McCutchen Was the 2013 NL MVP with the Pirates
Of course, Andrew McCutchen is best known for his prime years with the Pittsburgh Pirates. From 2011-2015, he made five-straight All-Star appearances with three top-five finishes in MVP voting. Of course, he took home the award in 2013 when he hit .317/.404/.508 with 21 home runs and 84 RBI. During that five-year span, McCutchen also won four Silver Sluggers and a Gold Glove.