The Philadelphia Phillies signed free-agent Andrew McCutchen to a three-year deal worth $50 million. It’s not exactly the free agent Phillies fans have been waiting for to sign, but it’s still a great addition.
The five-time all-star spent his first nine seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates before being traded to the San Francisco Giants last offseason. McCutchen spent most of the season with the Giants before being traded to the New York Yankees. He hit .255 with 20 home runs and 65 RBIs.
McCutchen brings experience to the young team. He will be added to an outfield featuring young stars Rhys Hoskins and Odubel Hererra. Early last season, everything went well for the Phillies and then beginning in August the team collapsed and fell from leading the NL East to third.
McCutchen is known for his quality at-bats. Last season, his OBP was .368 which ranked 20th in the majors. He averaged facing 4.24 pitches per at-bat, which he has done for eight of his 10 seasons.
Throughout McCutchen’s career, he has been a leadoff hitter and an excellent one at that. Over the past three seasons, McCutchen has an OBP of .414. For most of last season, the Phillies used Cesar Hernandez in the leadoff spot. Hernandez has been an excellent leadoff hitter as he had an OBP of .358 last year, but Hernandez’s future with the team is uncertain as he faces arbitration.
This move is the second major offseason acquisition for the Phillies. The first move was trading for Jean Segura who has hit .300 for each of the past three seasons. The additions of these two players show the Phillies are looking to contend this season.
It’s unclear how the additions of McCutchen and Segura will affect the potential signings of top free agents Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, but reports are saying the Phillies still have interest in both players.