The Brewers are in talks with free agent outfielder Andrew McCutchen, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The Brewers’ outfield is generally set with Christian Yelich, Lorenzo Cain, Hunter Renfroe, and Tyrone Taylor, but Cutch could certainly supplement that mix and spend time at designated hitter.
McCutchen, 35, posted a 107 wRC+ in 574 plate appearances with the Phillies last year. A right-handed hitter, McCutchen has been particularly strong against southpaws, with a 154 wRC+ dating back to 2017.
Upon getting fourth place in the 2009 NL Rookie of the Year voting, McCutchen established himself as the face of the Pirates and once of the best players in baseball. From 2011-15, McCutchen ranked second in baseball among position players in WAR, making five straight All-Star teams, winning the 2013 NL MVP, and garnering top-five MVP votes in three other seasons.
In January 2018, with free agency on the horizon, the Pirates traded McCutchen to the Giants for Bryan Reynolds, Kyle Crick, and international bonus pool money. The Giants later shipped McCutchen to the Yankees at the August waiver trade deadline. McCutchen signed a three-year, $50MM free agent deal with the Phillies in the offseason. Off to a strong start in his young Phillies career, McCutchen tore his ACL in June of 2019 and missed the remainder of the season.
McCutchen hit .222/.334/.444 in 574 plate appearances for the Phillies in 2021, spending all of his time in left field. After the season, the Phillies declined his $15MM club option in favor of a $3MM buyout. An everyday center fielder in Pittsburgh, McCutchen has become a below-average defensive left fielder with age, according to Statcast. Given the advent of the NL DH, McCutchen could complement Milwaukee’s offense if they close a deal.