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02-25-2019, 05:06 AM,
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NEW YORK (AP) — With shoulder-length dreadlocks and a well-crafted beard , Andrew McCutchen spent his 20s forcing the baseball spotlight to shine bright on small-market Pittsburgh.Now, a clean-cut McCutchen is coming cross-country to one of the sport’s grandest stages.“Just gonna take me a sec to get used to my freshly shaved face,” he joked on Twitter.The playoff-contending New York Yankees acquired the former NL MVP from the San Francisco Giants on Friday for two prospects. The teams announced the deal on the last day for trades to be done for players to be eligible for the postseason. McCutchen is expected to arrive in time to debut Saturday against Detroit, when he’ll play right field, filling in for the injured Aaron Judge.“We’re getting a really good player,” manager Aaron Boone said, adding that “I think his reputation precedes him. This is as high a character person as we have in our game and I know he’ll fit well in our room.”McCutchen already knows one of his new teammates well — Neil Walker Blake Swihart Jersey , who played with the then-long-haired McCutchen in the minor leagues, then joined him in helping the Pirates end a 20-year playoff drought in 2013. McCutchen won that season’s NL MVP Award.“I saw him for the three years that we made September, postseason pushes, elevate his game to the next level,” Walker said. “Not that he needed to do that, but you saw him be the player that he’s capable of being when the spotlight’s on him. That’s fully what I expect when he steps in here.”Walker and McCutchen spoke Friday morning. McCutchen’s dreadlocks have been gone for a few years, but he was concerned about the beard he’s worn for nearly his entire 10-year career. The Yankees have a longstanding policy banning facial hair.“I told him he needed to shave his face ,” Walker said. “He wasn’t super happy about that.“But he’s really excited, I’ll tell you that. He’s a guy that more than anything wants to win.”The 31-year-old McCutchen is hitting .255 with 15 home runs, 55 RBIs and 13 stolen bases. His .357 on-base percentage trails only that of Judge (.398) and Aaron Hicks (.365) among qualified Yankees. He was a five-time All-Star with Pittsburgh.McCutchen has been the Giants’ regular right fielder since being acquired from Pittsburgh last offseason. He will fill that spot for the Yankees, who have been without Judge since his wrist was broken by a pitch in late July. New York originally thought Judge could return within three weeks, but five weeks later, he’s yet to even grip a bat in a frustratingly slow recovery.“This is something that really helps us here and now,” Boone said. “And even when Aaron comes back , it’s another really good player to give us options to match up things how we want to. It’s just another really good player in the fold, but we believe Aaron will absolutely be back.”New York had the second-best record in the majors and was 8 1/2 games behind AL East-leading Boston going into a game Friday night against Detroit. The Yankees expect to activate injured catcher Gary Sanchez (groin) on Saturday and could also get shortstop Didi Gregorius (heel bruise) off the disabled list this weekend.San Francisco is getting infielder Abiatal Avelino and right-hander Juan De Paula and is also sending cash to New York. The Giants also agreed to send the Yankees $1.2 million to cover just less than half of the more than $2.45 million remaining on McCutchen’s $14.75 million salary. McCutchen can file for free agency after the season.McCutchen thanked Giants fans on Twitter “for the love and support you gave not only to me, but my family as well.”“Now, I’m ready to throw the pinstripes on and get to work. @Yankees let’s go!” he added. Giants executive VP of baseball operations Brian Sabean was sad to deal McCutchen, but the Giants are 7 1/2 games behind Arizona for the NL West.“I hope he wins a ring,” Sabean said of McCutchen. “He’s invested a lot in the game, he’s the real deal. We need more McCutchens in the game.”Sabean said San Francisco would consider signing McCutchen as a free agent this offseason.The 23-year-old Avelino was hitting a combined .287 with 15 homers Jason Heyward Jersey , 66 RBIs and 25 steals at Triple-A and Double-A. He was ranked the Yankees’ 23rd-best prospect by Paula is a 20-year-old starter who has pitched well with short-season Staten Island, going 2-2 with a 1.71 ERA and nearly a strikeout per inning. He’s ranked as New York’s 26th-best prospect on prospect Chris Shaw was called up from Triple-A Sacramento to fill McCutchen’s spot. The Boston Red Sox haven't been playing their best baseball of late, but they remain favorites to win the 2018 World Series.OddsShark posted the latest Fall Classic odds Monday, with Boston coming in at +350 (7-2) to win the title. The Red Sox have an MLB-best 98-46 record and have spent most of the regular season lapping their competition.The defending champion Houston Astros come in just behind Boston at +400 (4-1). Those are far and away the two best odds, as the Chicago Cubs are the National League favorites at +650 (13-2).All it takes is one look at run differentials to see why Boston and Houston are the favorites. The Astros have outscored their opponents by an MLB-best 239 runs. The Red Sox are 20 runs behind that number at 219, and no other team in baseball is better than plus-150 (New York Yankees).The Los Angeles Dodgers lead the NL in run differential and are +700 (7-1) to win the World Series despite being in danger of missing the playoffs. The Dodgers are 0.5 games behind the Colorado Rockies for first place in the NL West and would not win a wild-card spot if the season ended today. They are one game behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the second wild card.The Cardinals and Arizona Diamondbacks probably represent the best dice-roll odds. St. Louis is +2600 (26-1) despite being a wild-card team at the moment. The Diamondbacks are +2200 (22-1) and are only 2.5 games out of first place in the NL West.The Cardinals and Atlanta Braves have the exact same record (79-64), but Atlanta is +1200 (12-1) and has only scored 20 more runs this season than St. Louis.Colorado is probably the worst bet on the board at +1400 (14-1) , given the team has been outscored this season (minus-11 run differential) and feels likelier to miss the playoffs than make a deep run.

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