Fan Favorite Andrew McCutchen to Reunite with the Pittsburgh Pirates

A decade ago, he was the team's biggest star during three consecutive seasons when the Bucs reached the post season.
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It’s been exceedingly difficult for Pittsburgh Pirates fans to have much to cheer about. Until now.

According to multiple sources, the Bucs have signed outfielder Andrew McCutchen to a one-year contract reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The team has not confirmed the deal, pending a physical and agreement on other contract terms the PG reports. However, their Twitter account provided a strong indication McCutchen would be wearing black and gold at spring training.

McCutchen was traded to the San Francisco Giants in 2018. A year later, he was sent to the Yankees and played the last four seasons as a Philadelphia Philly.

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McCutchen came to the Pirates in the first round of the 2005 draft. Eight years later he was the National League’s Most Valuable Player.

On Oct. 1, 2013, McCutchen and the Pirates played the team’s most meaningful October game in 20 years before a sold-out, standing-room only crowd that shook PNC Park to its core. McCutchen’s mother, Petrina, even sang the national anthem and the crowd enthusiastically joined in.


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The victory that night over the Cincinnati Reds would be the apex of the Pirates rise from irrelevance. They returned to the Wild Card game in the two succeeding seasons but lost both contests.

McCutchen’s final season as a Pirate was not his best, yet he remained a fan favorite. He married a western Pennsylvania native, Maria, and named his baby Steel.


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Off the field, McCutchen made headlines for all the right reasons. He won the 2015 Roberto Clemente Award for humanitarian service. He is stylish, urbane and clearly has a sense of humor. When he cut his hair for the first time in eight years, he donated the locks to charity.

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