Andrew McCutchen Wins the NL MVP Award

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Andrew McCutchen was named the NL MVP. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

The Baseball Writers Association of America has named Andrew McCutchen the National League MVP for the 2013 season. The award for McCutchen is expected, as he was a heavy favorite to win. The other finalists were Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals. McCutchen received 28 of 30 first place votes.

McCutchen had an amazing season, posting an 8.2 WAR. That was the best mark in the National League and the second best in baseball. It was also the 8th best single-season WAR in the last five years. His .911 OPS was ranked 10th in all of baseball, and sixth of all qualified players in the National League. He was one of eight players in baseball with 20+ home runs and 20+ stolen bases this year.

McCutchen actually saw his offensive numbers drop. His average was down ten points from 2012, although his OPS was up four points, which was a result of a higher walk rate (11.6% compared to 10.4%). His strikeout rate dropped to 15%, down from 19.6% last year. His slugging percentage was down from .553 to .508, with his isolated power dropping from .226 to .190.

The offense dropped slightly, but McCutchen was a more valuable player in 2013 than he was in 2012. The reason for this was his improved defense. McCutchen’s defensive metrics were poor last year, with a -8.6 UZR/150. This year he had much better numbers, with an 8.4 UZR/150. So even though his offense dropped slightly, McCutchen more than made up for that with defensive improvements.

  • Actually, his contract runs through 2017 with a Club Option for 2018, when he will turn 32 in October of 2018. What a huge bargain for this club – his 8.2 WAR is absolutely amazing and is worth about 10 times what ‘Cutch was paid in 2013 – $4.5 mil. A great decision to sign him long term, and maybe the Pirates could think about trying to work out an extension of that contract for a few more years. In 2018, the Club Option will be for only $14.5 mil. This kid will still only be making $7 mil in 2014, so a substantial signing bonus, and lock in at least 3 more years.

  • …and he’s signed for the next several years. Gonna sit back and enjoy the run.

    Thanks, Cutch! #BUCN

  • When he is done and I hope it is as a Pirate, just put him in the line up with Maz, Roberto, Pops and the rest of the all time greats.

  • Outstanding!!! Congrats Cutch!!! I love the way you play the game!!!

  • Once in a while, the system gets it right. Good MAN!

  • Praise the Lord!! Way to go Cutch!!

    • Great news !! Thanks for the quick report. At 7 PM EST still no reports on any of the major sports sites ESPN etc. Tim, thats why I check your site several times a day for Pirates news. We are the most under reported team in the sports world. Keep up the good work.