The Phillies declined McCutchen's $15 million club option for the 2022 season, making him an unrestricted free agent, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The club option includes a $3 million buyout which Philadelphia will pay in order to secure the $12 million in savings. McCutchen appeared in 144 games during 2021 and hit .222/.334/.444 with 27 home runs, 24 doubles, 80 RBI, 78 runs and six stolen bases while posting the highest strikeout rate (23.0 percent) of his 13-year career.
McCutchen went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run in Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Marlins. McCutchen knotted the score at 3-3 with his 27th long ball of the season in the third inning and second in the last three games. The 34-year-old concludes a respectable 2021 campaign with a .222/.334/.444 slash line, 27 home runs, 78 runs and 80 RBI in 145 games.
McCutchen is not in the lineup Friday at Miami, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. McCutchen started the last 12 games and will head to the bench Friday with the Phillies now eliminated from playoff contention. Odubel Herrera will shift to left field while Travis Jankowski mans center.
McCutchen went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Wednesday's win over the Orioles. The outfielder took reliever Eric Hanhold deep in the sixth inning, scoring Bryce Harper in the process. It was his 25th home run of the season, his highest number since 2017. The 35-year-old has now secured a hit in five of his last six contests, including five extra-base hits.
McCutchen is out of the lineup Friday against the Mets. McCutchen started the past three games and will receive a day off after going 2-for-5 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs Thursday versus the Cubs. Matt Vierling will take over in left field and bat eighth.