Andrew McCutchen Agrees To One-Year, $5 Million Contract With Pirates

Veteran outfielder Andrew McCutchen is set to return to the Pittsburgh Pirates on a one-year, $5 million contract. McCutchen, who is one home run away from reaching 300 for his career, expressed his desire to finish his career with the Pirates, and this deal fulfills that wish.

Entering his 16th season in MLB, McCutchen began his career with the Pirates in 2009. Last season, he played primarily as a designated hitter and posted a .256 batting average with 12 home runs, 43 RBIs, 55 runs, and 11 stolen bases in 112 games. McCutchen is a five-time All-Star and the 2013 NL MVP.

Due to a partially torn Achilles tendon in his left foot suffered in September, McCutchen’s days in the outfield are likely over. He played in right field briefly in 2023 before transitioning to the designated hitter role.

McCutchen’s return to Pittsburgh has been beneficial both on and off the field. The Pirates saw a 15-game improvement in their record compared to 2021, going 76-86 last season. Attendance at PNC Park also increased, with an average of 20,131 fans per game, an increase of over 4,500 from the previous year.

The Pirates have been making strides to improve their roster, adding experienced players like left-handed pitchers Martin Perez and Marco Gonzales, as well as first baseman Rowdy Tellez. With a mix of veterans and promising young talent, including Gold Glove third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes, outfielder Bryan Reynolds, and shortstop Oneil Cruz, the Pirates aim to build a competitive team.

McCutchen, who played a pivotal role in the Pirates’ playoff appearances from 2013 to 2015, brings a wealth of experience and a winning mentality to the team. His return is driven by his desire to win with the Pirates once again.