Yankees, Brian McCann agree to five-year deal
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.