PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates have officially confirmed that Andrew McCutchen has signed a one-year contract with the team.
During a press conference Friday, McCutchen said he always pictured himself coming back to Pittsburgh, even after being traded away in 2018.
“It doesn’t always happen. You don’t always get that chance,” he said. “I was hoping I’d get that chance. This place is a part of me.”
“We are thrilled to be able to reunite with Andrew. His return just feels right. It is right for our team, for Andrew and his family, for our fans and for the game of baseball,” said Pirates Chairman, Bob Nutting. “Andrew is a special player and person. It is going to be exciting to again see him take the field wearing 22 in the black and gold.”
McCutchen is a Pittsburgh-area native and played each of his first nine seasons in the MLB with the Pirates. He is 36 years old and is one of the top 10 leaders in the team’s history.
“Andrew means so much to the Pirates,” said Pirates General Manager Ben Cherington. “His past contribution to the Pirates and Pittsburgh speaks for itself. Most importantly for 2023, we believe Andrew’s on-field skill, work ethic, and experience are a great fit for our team.”
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