Yankees, Brian McCann agree to five-year deal

(AP Photo/John Bazemore)

(AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Big news coming out of the Bronx this evening…

NEW YORK — The Yankees are on the verge of completing a bold upgrade behind the plate, agreeing to terms on Saturday with free agent catcher Brian McCann on a five-year contract worth at least $85 million.

McCann, widely regarded as the top available catcher in this year’s market, will need to pass a physical before the deal becomes official. The Yankees have not made an announcement regarding the signing.

The deal includes a vesting option for the 2019 season that could push its overall value to $100 million, a source confirmed to MLB.com. It also contains a full no-trade clause.

McCann, who will turn 30 on Feb. 20, spent each of his first nine Major League seasons with the Braves, making seven All-Star teams and winning five Silver Slugger Awards.

In 102 games last season, he hit .256 with 20 home runs, 57 RBIs and a .796 OPS. McCann’s left-handed power stroke figures to fit nicely in Yankee Stadium, restoring some of the punch that the Yankees sorely lacked from their catchers this past season.

New York struggled to find offensive production from their catchers, giving extended playing time to Chris Stewart, Francisco Cervelli and Austin Romine after declining to match the two-year, $17 million contract Russell Martin found with the Pirates.

With general manager Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi agreeing to try their defense-first catching alignment, the Yanks’ backstops produced an overall line of .213/.289/.298 with only eight home runs and 43 RBIs.

McCann projects to lean more toward the levels of power production that the Yankees received from Martin and, before him, fan favorite Jorge Posada. McCann has hit at least 20 homers in each of the last six seasons and owns a career split line of .277/.350/.473.

8 Comments

If Yankees can sign Kuroda then they only need top one experienced starting pitcher and let the other group fight it out for the 5th spot. Chavez would be a good utility infielder to back up but not sure he could play 3rd base for the whole season. If Arod not back they need to pick up a quality 3rd baseman. I assume they aren’t going to sign Youkilis after his injury and age. I think Nunez is back up too and not a starting 3rd baseman or shortstop. If Jeter can’t go then they need someone to fill in. They need another quality outfielder. A lot depends on how Jeter and Tex will work out after spending most of last season injured. A lot of question marks.

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I hope they don’t get Chavez. He’s just more of the same of what the Yankees already have, an old, injury prone player. This team doesn’t need that type of player backing up another injury prone player. This team still needs at least two starters to have any hopes of getting back to the post season.

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Yeah, the Mc Cann signing was a good move,an upgrade over the few catchers theYanks have been using over the past few years. This was a move that definitely needed to be made until Romine can take over full time behind the plate. However, McCann is only one bat, that isn’t going to be enough, this team should go after someone like Ellsbury for the OF and a possible second baseman to replace Cano after he leaves. This team will also need to think about getting a legit solution for SS since jester is on his last leg and can’t be relied on to last an entire season.

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This is good, this is good, the Yankees made a great move. Best news i’ve heard in a long time. Now to get rid of a-bod.

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great signing. But that’s only the first of several I hope if the Yankees are going to contend in 2014

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Peralta has decided to join the Cardinals.

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I like the Brendan Ryan move and I hope we get Chavez back also. Now to the starting pitching and bullpen.

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We’re moving in the right direction with McCann and Granderson. We do need some starting pitching or this will be another rough year.

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