SAN FRANCISCO – Brian Sabean was sitting in the dugout at AT & T Park on Friday afternoon with a World Series ring on his right hand. When he explained a trade that sent his best thug to New York, Sabean referenced the game's biggest prize.
"I hope he wins a ring," he said of Andrew McCutchen, now a Yankee. "He's invested a lot in this. He's the only true. We need more McCutchens in baseball."
The Giants throughout the organization appreciate McCutchen, who impressed in his 1
McCutchen has not spoken publicly since the closing of the deal. He's on a flight to New York, where he'll join a strong line-up that will most likely host the American League Wild Card Game, while the Giants hoped to stay in the National League playoff, but the loss The Diamondbacks on Wednesday was the point of the Diamondb The Giants were seven, the Dodgers and Rockies also far ahead.
"We were hoping to sweep Arizona and we did not," Sabean said. "The odds got bigger (Trading McCutchen) was the smart thing to do, with three teams in front of us and we're running out of games."
Sabean said he had not given up the season – "we do not like to give up" he said – but the site turned in 2019 anyway. Chris Shaw has been called back and will spend most of his time in the left field. The Giants will evaluate what they have there, and with Shaw's former team, they will immediately take a look at the price of the McCutchen deal. Abiatal Avelino will play at Triple-A Sacramento in Las Vegas and start playing immediately.
"He was more of a defensive player with more speed and arm strength and the ability to play in the middle of the field," said General Manager Bobby Evans of Avelino. "He can play anywhere."
Avelino's numbers have dropped significantly since going from Double-A to Triple-A, but Evans said his game never was. The Giants see him primarily as a defender and Evans believes that he can "defend" in the shortstop defensive.
The other prospect, the 20-year-old right-handed Juan De Paula, is more of a lottery ticket.
"He will be a pioneer in our system," Evans said. "He has a plus fastball and is a good athlete."
The return was relatively good for a one-month rental, but it was still difficult for team officials to be too positive on Friday. That was not a good day for a group that won three championships. They believed that McCutchen could help bring them back to the postseason, but they are far from that goal, even though the right fielder who has now left was not to blame. Taking McCutchen was the right move, but he alone could not solve the team's many problems.
"We are tied for most of the year either in a position with one hand behind our backs or two," Sabean said. "Our record could be better if we were just league-average with runners in scoring position and finish a few games."
These mistakes existed and still do, and that's why Andrew McCutchen is now a Yankee.