Yankees Sign Free Agent Brian McCann To Five-Year Deal

Ken Rosenthal of  FOX Sports is reporting that the New York Yankees and free agent catcher Brian McCann have reached an agreement on a five year deal worth $85 million.

The deal also includes a vesting option for a sixth year and is pending a physical.

McCann cashes in on what has been a solid career and will net about $17 million a year if these numbers are official.

I wondered if this deal impacts their negotiations for free agent Robinson Cano, but these are the Yankees and they had about $60 million to spend and likely even more if Alex Rodriguez gets suspended as many believe he will.

The Texas Rangers were also said to be going hard after McCann which certainly figured in driving his value up.

This is a huge upgrade for the Yankees who have had terrible production from the catching spot last season with a .589 OPS.

Even with one arm, McCann batted .256/.336/.461 with 20 home runs and 57 RBI over 102 games this past season, and he’ll go into 2014 recovered and year removed from shoulder surgery. The 29 year old All Star catcher has accumulated a 12.6 bWAR over the last five seasons.


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