Yankees acquire OF Andrew McCutchen from Giants


While there are not a lot of options on the waiver wire now, the Yankees reportedly have their eyes set on San Francisco Giants outfielder Andrew McCutchen, according to Joel Sherman of The New York Post. NY holds a four-game lead over the Oakland Athletics for the No. 1 wild card in the AL.

The Giants acquired McCutchen from the Pittsburgh Pirates last offseason.

The teams also agreed to split the roughly $2.4 million remaining on McCutchen's contract this season. Instead, his tenure in the Bay Area amounted to slightly less than one full season, as the Giants have slowly slid out of the playoff race over the past month.

McCutchen is batting.255 with 15 home runs and 55 home runs for the Giants this season.

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He'll likely play right field in lieu of Judge, but he could be a big piece to give days off around the outfield and give the Yankees the opportunity to go with an all-right-handed outfield against a tough lefty. Aaron Judge's recovery from a broken wrist has been slow, and the team chose to bring in some outfield help.

In a well-stocked Yankees' farm system, Avelino hasn't received much national press, but the 23-year-old native of the Dominican Republic has some skills that could make him a useful piece on a major league roster.

Avelino, 23, combined with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Double-A Trenton to hit.287 (133-for-464) with 65R, 13 doubles, 8 triples, 15HR and 66RBI in 123 games this season.

De Paula, 20, has been pitching for the Yankees' Short-Season A affiliate in Staten Island. The Yankees brought him stateside in 2013 after he hit.302 in his pro debut.