The New York Yankees have Andrew McCutchen in 2018, but will the former MVP join the New York Mets in 2019? He may follow in Todd Frazier’s path.
A big trade made by the New York Yankees before the August 31st trade deadline landed them outfielder Andrew McCutchen in a trade with the San Francisco Giants. The 2013 National League MVP will transfer from the Bay Area to the Big Apple, possibly setting up for a repeat of what happened with New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier.
McCutchen is a guy I could totally see in a Mets uniform in 2019. He’s a little too past his prime to get my mouth watering yet productive enough for me to consider.
As you may remember, Frazier played for the Yankees at the end of 2017. He was important in their run to the ALCS. This year, McCutchen could do the same.
It’s unlikely McCutchen stays with the Bronx Bombers, but that doesn’t mean a love affair with New York has to end. The Flushing 25 could certainly use a right-handed bat and McCutchen is one name to look for. Will he follow in the same path as Frazier?
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Plenty of guys have played for both New York baseball teams. Not many have gone straight from one to the other.
In recent history, Neil Walker made a brief pit stop at the end of 2017 before signing with the Yankees this past offseason. David Cone, Dwight Gooden, and other notable Mets have also used New York as the bread of their career sandwiches.
Unfortunately for the blue and orange, many of these moves haven’t worked out in their favor. In particular, it’s when a guy goes from the Bronx to Flushing when it often hurts the most.
Curtis Granderson is one man who broke apart from the mold. The Grandy Man spent four seasons with the Yankees before his three and a half with the Mets.
Granderson was definitely more productive with the Yankees but still managed to produce favorable totals while with the Mets. If not for his monster 2011 season, I think the totals of the two teams would look a lot closer to one another.
The Metropolitans don’t need McCutchen, however, they must make some significant changes to the roster. Maybe they get lucky and they’re not the ones chasing after McCutchen. If so, and there’s some sort of discount involved in the contract, maybe then we can get on board the McCutchen wagon.
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First, let’s see how he handles a pennant race somewhere other than Pittsburgh.