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Pittsburgh Pirates : Andrew McCutchen resigns for 2024 season

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have resigned former MVP Andrew McCutchen on a one year five-million-dollar deal. The Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Icon will return for at least the 2024 season as the Pirates look to climb out of the bottom of the NL Central in 2024. The Pirates are starting to heat up in free agency as they signed starting pitcher Martin Perez on a one-year deal worth eight million dollars on Monday.

McCutchen had a solid age 36 season slashing .256/.378/.776 with 43 rbi’s and 12 home runs. McCutchen likely won’t win another MVP while in Pittsburgh but, he’ll provide a solid bat with veteran leadership and a player that the fans will continue to come and see despite a lack of success for the team. McCutchen will likely continue to achieve career milestones while finishing his career as the Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder.

The next achievement on the list for Andrew McCutchen will be 300 homeruns as he currently sits at 299 career home runs. McCutchen lands twelfth all time in hits at 1563 as a Pirate and is only 75 hits away from entering the top ten in franchise history. If McCutchen decides this will be his last season he will get to spend the year in the city he spent eleven seasons winning four silver sluggers, a gold glove, and an MVP award in his historic 2013 season.

A franchise icon like McCutchen spending their final years on the team they rose to fame with is awesome from a fans perspective and gives a new wave of fans the opportunity to say they saw him play for the Pirates before hanging ’em up. The Pirates will look to improve from their fourth place finish in the Central in 2024 as their young core continues to improve. The Pirates should get a huge boost as Oneil Cruz should return to full health after appearing in only nine games in 2023.