Andrew McCutchen will be back in a Pittsburgh Pirates’ uniform for the 2023 season after agreeing to a one-year deal for $5 million.
It’s been quite a career for the now 36-year-old, who was with the Pirates from 2009-17.
McCutchen had quite a few memorable moments with the Pirates during that stretch with the team.
During those years, McCutchen was awarded the 2013 National League Most Valuable Player. He was also a five-time All-Star, a four-time Silver Slugger and a Gold Glove recipient.
While the days of collecting hardware may be in the past for the veteran, McCutchen has an opportunity to create some more memorable moments back in the black and gold.
For starters, he is just 105 games away from reaching 2,000 in his big league career. Only two active players have played at least 2,000 games — Miguel Cabrera and Nelson Cruz.
With that many games played, of course, it’s easy to reach some meaningful milestones in a career. For McCutchen, reaching certain milestones in 2023 is attainable.
McCutchen is only 52 hits away from reaching 2,000 for his career. There are only five current players with more career hits than McCutchen — Cabrera, Cruz, Joey Votto, Elvis Andrus and Robinson Cano.
When it comes to home runs, McCutchen only needs 13 more round-trippers in his 15th season to reach 300 for his career. 203 of his current 287 home runs came while in Pittsburgh.
McCutchen should be able to surpass 400 doubles as he currently sits with 392. He ranks fifth among all active players in the category.
Speaking of doubles, McCutchen needs only five more to jump into seventh place on the all-time Pirates’ list. It’s safe to say he’s unlikely to move any higher this year as Pie Traynor is sixth with 371. McCutchen has 292 with the Pirates.
McCutchen will in all likelihood crack into the franchise’s top 10 for RBIs. With a strong year in terms of run production, he can surpass Ralph Kiner’s mark of 801 for seventh on the franchise list. He’s 75 RBIs away from 800 in his Pirates’ career.
The signing of McCutchen was certainly a delight to fans of the Pirates and gave them a reason to tune in.
Now, you’ll know what to watch out for as “Cutch” returns to Pittsburgh.