It has, undoubtedly, been a rough decade for the Pittsburgh Pirates and their faithful fans. The team has found itself at the bottom of the National League Central division for the majority of the last 10 years, except for a brief stretch of promise from 2013-2015. However, even during those good years the Pirates were never able to win their division, and they also never made it further than the NL Division series.
Over the next several weeks Baseball Essential will be doing a series on the best and worst trade every team in Major League Baseball has made over the last decade. Here is the best and worst trade the Pittsburgh Pirates have made since 2010.
The Best Trade the Pittsburgh Pirates Have Made Since 2010: Pittsburgh Acquires Bryan Reynolds and Kyle Crick From the San Francisco Giants for Andrew McCutchen (January 18, 2018)
Trading away a fan favorite and homegrown star is never an easy move to make (just ask the Boston Red Sox after the Mookie Betts trade). However, the Pirates and their fans are no longer feeling the sting of losing the man they called “Cutch” before the start of the 2018 season.
Andrew McCutchen spent nine seasons in Pittsburgh and…