The trade has not been officially announced by either team, and it is unclear what Pittsburgh will receive in exchange for the five-time All-Star.
In addition to McCutchen, the Giants have also added Evan Longoria this offseason, so they've acquired two players who were the faces of their old franchise.
After nine fabulous seasons in Pittsburgh that saw McCutchen become a five-time All-Star, a four-time Silver Slugger Award victor, a Gold Glove victor in 2012, and National League MVP in 2013, his tenure in Pittsburgh has come to an end. He was the key player to the Pirates ending their streak of 20 consecutive losing seasons to reach the postseason three consecutive years from 2013 - 2015. As the Pirates are looking to "rebuild", they are attempting to trade away their valuable assets to get some quality prospects to help bolster their farm system. He was voted National League MVP in 2013.
Either way, Pirates fans say goodbye to honestly their best players since Barry Bonds.
The McCutchen trade comes a couple of days after Pittsburgh sent starting pitcher Gerritt Cole to the Houston Astros.
Were the Pirates still a contending team, they likely would've held on to McCutchen. He is owed $14.75 million in the final year of his deal, and there are enough outfielders still on the market that teams don't need to rush into a bidding war. During that span he was an All-Star every season, slashing a total of.302/.396/.509 with a.905 OPS, 123 home runs. Unlike Longoria, McCutchen has just one season remaining before he's eligible for free agency.
In fact, prior to the McCutchen deal, FanGraphs projected San Francisco to have the worst outfield in baseball.