SAN FRANCISCO–Brian Sabean needed to see Andrew McCutchen lead the Giants again from a 98-loss season and supply the spark to gasoline a playoff push.
Sabean nonetheless envisions McCutchen carrying a World Collection ring, however it received’t are available in San Francisco.
The Giants dealt McCutchen to the New York Yankees Friday in trade for a pair of prospects in a transfer that cleared the best way for the franchise to advertise prime prospect Chris Shaw.
“I hope he wins a hoop,” Sabean mentioned. “He’s invested lots within the recreation, he’s the true deal. We want extra McCutchens in baseball.”
McCutchen led the Giants in dwelling runs (15) and RBIs (55), however the remainder of the offense did not reside as much as expectations.
“Should you have a look at his physique of labor in a lineup that actually wasn’t a lot assist to him personally, the commerce itself which I’m positive was jarring and with the change in venue which implies he’s coming to this ballpark, we like what we noticed from Cutch on and off the sector,” Sabean mentioned.
Sabean hoped to maintain McCutchen for the rest of the season if the Giants swept the D’backs and narrowed the hole to five.5 video games within the Nationwide League West, however the franchise opted to commerce him as their playoff odds took one other blow with a loss Wednesday.
“Three groups in entrance of us and we’re operating out of video games,” Sabean mentioned.
The Giants’ vice chairman of baseball operations mentioned different groups expressed curiosity in McCutchen and the membership needed to seek out the outfielder a vacation spot the place he has a possibility to make a deep playoff run.
McCutchen will grow to be a free agent this offseason and may rank among the many prime choices in the marketplace within the winter. If the Giants really feel the necessity to add an outfielder in free company, Sabean did depart the door open for a attainable reunion.
Sabean admitted the transfer was significantly troublesome to make as a result of the Giants don’t consider in waving a white flag.
“We don’t wish to give up,” Sabean mentioned. “Opposite to some normal managers, our entrance workplace, we don’t essentially relish the commerce deadline and being concerned on this. You’ve received individuals going out the door that you simply’re invested in.”
Basic supervisor Bobby Evans mentioned the Giants anticipate Shaw to play repeatedly within the month of September, however Sabean mentioned the membership received’t rush to make an analysis on how Shaw adapts to main league pitching within the last month of a season.