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Giants excited about Cutch, but will they play him in center?

Andrew McCutchen will have a new home to settle into in San Francisco and Hunter Pence is already prepared to learn more about his new teammate.

But before bird chasing and between goodbyes in Pittsburgh, the Giants will have to figure out what their new-look lineup looks like. It's a lineup that filled needs this offseason, adding Evan Longoria last month, another sign that the third baseman and McCutchen were brought to the Bay Area to try and help make a run with a club that's in the process of being revived after coming off a 98-loss season, their second-worst record since 1958.

"Andrew is a dynamic player on the field and will be a leader in our clubhouse," manager Bruce Bochy said in a statement. "He's always been a threat at the plate and he's a guy you don't ever want to deal with whether he's at the plate or on the bases. He's going to make something happen."

Where the Giants put McCutchen in the outfield is still open to interpretation since the Giants haven't disclosed that information yet. But, with outfielder Denard Span gone this offseason, McCutchen could be the replacement in center field or he could move to a corner spot. McCutchen has one season remaining before being eligible for free agency.

"It's no secret that we were looking to further add run production to our lineup," Brian Sabean, the Giants executive vice president of baseball operations, said in a statement. "Anytime you have the opportunity to bring aboard someone with such a track record, you have to jump on it."

General manager Bobby Evans, in another statement, said: "Andrew is a remarkable talent and will be a difference maker in our lineup. We're honored to have him and look forward to seeing him in a Giants uniform."

The Giants' officials issued only statements. They're set to discuss the deal in a conference call Tuesday.

George Kontos, a reliever with the Pirates now but with the Giants until the middle of last season, told the San Francisco Chronicle that McCutchen remains as dangerous as ever.

"Cutch is one of those quiet leaders," Kontos said. "He also might have the quickest hands that I've seen. It's impressive what he can do with a bat in his hand and how dynamic his presence can be in the lineup."

The Giants visit PNC Park May 11-13, surely making for a special moment when the five-time All-Star returns to the place he used to call home with the city's skyline in the distance and plenty of No. 22 jerseys still in the crowd.

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