So much for spending ‘stupid’ money — at least for now.
The Phillies signed former Yankees outfielder Andrew McCutchen to a three-year, $50 million deal, according to The Athletic. The agreement, pending a physical, includes a club option.
Team owner John Middleton sent the baseball community into a flux earlier this fall when he told USA Today, "We're going into this (offseason) expecting to spend money, and maybe even be a little bit stupid about it.”
This isn’t what many had in mind, but alas, Manny Machado and Bryce Harper still remain on the open market so Philadelphia still has a chance to fulfill their owner’s prophecy with a Las Vegas gamble.
Meanwhile, McCutchen was not among the six outfielders general manager Brian Cashman rattled off at the Vegas MLB winter meetings in defense of not going after Harper and now Andrew McCutchen is officially out of the Bronx. The group of six includes Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks, Jacoby Ellsbury and Clint Frazier.
The Yankees acquired the veteran outfielder for a pair of prospects prior to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline in an effort to boost outfield depth with Aaron Judge missing time due to injury.
McCutchen, the NL MVP award winner, suited up in Pinstripes for 25 regular-season games with the Yankees, slashing .253/.421/.471/.892 alongside five home runs.
But he never fit into the team’s long-term plans and will now return to Pennsylvania after building his career with the Pirates.