The New York Yankees bolstered their outfield mix by acquiring former NL MVP Andrew McCutchen from the San Francisco Giants late Thursday (and officially Friday afternoon). It's a nice move for the Yankees and gives them, at the very least, some insurance if Aaron Judge doesn't come back soon and hit the ground running.
Not only will McCutchen have to shave the beard, but he'll be donning a new jersey number. He's worn the No. 22 his entire career with the Pirates and Giants, and now he'll wear the No. 26 in pinstripes.
Hearing Andrew McCutchen will wear number 26 with the Yankees.— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) August 31, 2018
Sorry, Tyler Austin!
With all the history and great players that have come through New York, the No. 22 must be retired, right? Nope. Yankee punching bag Jacoby Ellsbury is the one who currently wears that number.
Andrew McCutchen will wear #26 with the #Yankees. He has worn #22 his entire career but he who shall remain nameless has that number with the Yanks.— Christian (@Christian_NYYST) August 31, 2018
As we all know, Ellsbury hasn't been very productive since signing that lucrative seven-year, $153 million deal with the Yankees back in the winter of 2013, including in 2018, where he hasn't played a single game and is out for the rest of the season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip.
Who knows if McCutchen even asked Ellsbury if they could switch numbers, but it's pretty sad that he won't wear his No. 22 because of someone like Ellsbury, who is barely a member of the team at this point.