Free agent OF Andrew McCutchen has agreed to a three-year deal with the Phillies, according to multiple reports.
The deal will be worth $50 million.
While the Phillies have added an outfielder, it is not expected to take them out of the running for free agent Bryce Harper, who is visiting with teams this week along with agent Scott Boras near the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas.
McCutchen, 32, hit .255/.368/.424 with 20 homers and 30 doubles in 2018 in 155 games split between the Giants and Yankees.
After playing the majority of his career in center field, McCutchen played only right field and left field in 2018, where he was worth 2 DRS.
The Mets have been searching for a right-handed hitting outfielder, but Brodie Van Wagenen's stated preference has been to keep Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto in the corner outfield spots. And the Mets were not in on McCutchen, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.
While McCutchen might not have been a great fit for the Mets (unless they played Nimmo in center field), his deal could potentially help set the market for fellow free agent OF A.J. Pollock, who the Mets have interest in. Pollock is a plus defender in center field, one year younger than McCutchen, and hit .257/.316/.484 with 21 homers, 21 doubles, and five triples in 113 games in 2018.
One thing that could hurt Pollock when it comes using McCutchen's deal is a baseline is his injury history. McCutchen has played 146 games or more each of the last nine seasons. Pollock has played 146 games or more just once during his seven-year career.