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New York Yankees Trade For Former MVP

A general view of Yankees Stadium

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: A general view as the national anthem is performed before Game Three of the American League Championship Series between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on October 16, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)

The New York Yankees are dealing with significant injury issues and depth at the outfielder position is thin. Enter Andrew McCutchen.

While everyone was sleeping, the Yankees agreed to a trade with the San Francisco Giants to acquire McCutchen. The Giants will receive infielder Abiatal Avelino and another minor leaguer.

The deal comes in the wake of New York's concerns at the outfield spot. Star outfielder Aaron Judge sustained a chip fracture of the right wrist just over a month ago.

An initial timeline for his return suggested Judge should be back in the lineup by now. However, he's still battling with the injury, prompting New York to make a move.

McCutchen is batting .255 with 15 homers, 55 RBIs and 13 stolen bases in 130 games this season. The Pittsburgh Pirates traded McCutchen ahead of the 2018 season to the Giants.

The former NL MVP will help provide some depth until Judge is ready to return to the lineup.

New York sits 8.5 games back of the Boston Red Sox, but is nearly guaranteed a spot in the NL Wildcard.