2:52pm: Unsurprisingly, there are numerous obstacles to any deal, particularly with the Braves, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post (Twitter links). In particular, Atlanta isn’t keen to take over the entire remaining salary, while New York not only doesn’t wish to hold onto financial obligations but also wants “real prospects” in a swap.
As David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution notes on Twitter, the Braves should be able to land a catcher via free agency at that kind of salary (or, quite likely, less) given the relative abundance of players at the position hitting the market. The team would not only stand to find a younger player, albeit on a longer commitment, but wouldn’t have to give up prospects to get it done.
12:30pm: The Yankees are talking with other clubs about catcher Brian McCann, according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag. Jonathan Lucroy and Derek Norris have garnered the lion’s share of the rumors of late, but it seems that New York at least wants to know what kind of trade interest the market holds for its own veteran receiver.
While it’s far from likely that any deal will get done, McCann is available because the Yanks feel good about their options behind him, Heyman explains. Current reserve Austin Romine may be deserving of a longer look, and top prospect Gary Sanchez has shown plenty of bat against Triple-A pitching.
The Yankees are surely also curious whether it would be possible to get out from under some of McCann’s remaining contract. He’s owed $17MM a year through 2018, which is right at the top of the market for catching salaries. Still, MLBTR’s Steve Adams included him among the potentially-available trade candidates behind the dish. McCann does have a no-trade clause, it’s also important to note.
Trouble is, McCann hasn’t played quite at his former levels since coming to New York. He has still produced at a league-average rate with the bat, carrying a .233/.310/.423 batting line with better than twenty long balls per year, but that’s not what the Yankees thought they were signing up for three years ago. After all, the former Braves stalwart owned a .277/.350/.473 slash over his nine years in Atlanta.
Now 32, McCann is also not as celebrated behind the plate as he once was. Certainly, the $34MM left on the deal after this season looks rather steep. But that doesn’t mean the Yankees aren’t fielding interest. Per Heyman, via Twitter, it is “believed” that both the Braves and Rangers have chatted with the Yankees about a possible move for McCann.
Atlanta is looking for a solution behind the dish, and while it surely won’t give up much to add the veteran, it’s easy to see the connection given his roots with the Braves and the desire to drum up interest with a new ballpark on the horizon. Texas would represent a more typical buyer, but may not be a perfect fit given the organization’s reportedly-limited financial flexibility — unless the sides were able to work out some form of salary swap. McCann’s left-handed bat would surely be of interest, and he’d form an interesting combination with Robinson Chirinos.
At this point, though, it’s certainly all hypothetical, as we haven’t seen any reason to suggest that there’s any momentum toward a deal.
As a Braves fan, I don’t care if Mac is somehow the least productive player on the field. I want him on my team. I get still get hyped thinking of the time he didn’t let Carlos Gomez touch home plate. That has got to be one of the only times in MLB history when a player scored without touching home. Gomez was crazy that night and absolutely deserved it lol
haha, yeah. I’m still not sure how that was scored a HR, since he never did touch the plate.
Haha that was awesome. One of my favorite McCann memories
Ugh, I really hope Atlanta doesn’t make a play for McCann. I’d rather not have to cheer for him again.
Buster Olney just said the Braves asked the Yankees about him. Just 3 days ago McCann put his Georgia home for sale lol
I’m not sure why they want him. Obviously i know the Yankees would have to eat a lot of money though.
Could be a less expensive option than the alternative (Ramos, Wieters, Lucroy (for prospects)), he has a rich history with the area and preestablished fanbase that would already make him a fan favorite heading into the new ballpark (more so than what we’ve seen with Francoeur) and he’s always done well maturing young pitchers.
I wouldn’t consider McCann an everyday C, but Flowers has played better than a back-up, when putting them together you have a decent bat behind the plate with decent defense and vets that can mature young pitching without committing long-term (more than through 2018), which could provide time for some catching prospects to mature (Cumberland, Gutierrez, etc.)
Please dump him and bring up Sanchez.
If the Braves do make a move for McCann the Yankees would have to give up some cash. I would say $8-$10 million or no deal. I would say Sims could go the other way if they eat that much.
Only problem is it would bring yet another LH bat to our line up. At this point I think Norris is a better fit for the money or maybe sign Castro for a LH to go with Flowers in a platoon.
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McCann is the official “unwritten rules of baseball” police officer. Guy is a total DB.
I would consider him the DB Police, as he’s put in check Jose Fernandez, Bryce Harper, Carlos Gomez — all the top of the list of DBs. Every team needs an enforcer and without him, MLB would look more like the NBA (aka a carnival of egos).
Agree totally… I don’t want baseball players to act like NBA players or NFL players for that matter. The reason I love baseball over those other sports is that (in general) the players act with a lot more class.
There is nothing wrong with showing emotion, McCann was defiantly in the wrong in the Fernandez incident
Yes, he can’t go to Long Beach!
McCann is a great dude. I prefer players like trout and Mariano who know that winning is the best argument. Being showy and showing the other pitcher or team up is bush league.
I would rather see the Braves wait and go after Ramos in the off season
Bmac will sell jerseys and platoon well with flowers for a couple years. I’m all for a reunion but real prospects is laughable. Markakis and/or Olivera and a cervenka is as good as it gets for a catcher with that kinda mileage. We can probably get Gattis cheap this offseason and we already have flowers.
For the love of god, please no Gattis – never. We need a real catcher, regardless of the mileage. In an offseason where Ramos, Wieters and possibly Lucroy are all available, if ATL ends up with Gattis, then someone needs to get fired.
No oso blanco por favor!
Flowers is our real catcher. Yea wieters is the obvious answer but at what cost 5/75 5million sign on bonus with a 6th year 20 million vesting option to get it to 100 million? Lotta money for another TJ arm. Gattis is a 3rd catcher/bench bat with pop. Heck no reason we can’t trade for BMac sign Gattis and keep flowers.
How can a team like the Yankees dictate that not only are they unwilling to eat salary but they also want you to send them quality prospects in a deal for guy like McCann? He’s an above average hitter but he’s not so much better than the rest of the pack that you should pay a premium to land him in addition to taking on roughly $35mil for the next two seasons.
Because Atlanta needs a catcher! Plain and simple to lead that young staff. If Yanks pay 7 million of his remaining $34 the Braves should kick in s few decent top 15 organizational prospects.
Yanks won’t do it, but only way Braves do this is if Yanks keep more than half the money and talk some meh specs back. No interest otherwise.
No deal either, as you said.
There is zero chance the Yankees get “real prospects” without paying a good portion of McCann’s salary. Unless Dave Stewart switches offices somewhere.
I am guessing the Braves fans will offer Markakis and Johnson for him. They might even throw in Aybar.
Why would you guess that? NYY is keen to get his salary off the books and get younger. If ATL can give up a prospect, the better the prospects NYY might kick-in more money to pay off his salary. I would be surprised if ATL doesn’t insist NYY taking on at least 50-60% of his remaining salary, if a deal is done.
And remember, both Coppy and ATL top scout, Gordon Blakeley come from NYY, so they know their system and FO well.
I have been waiting for the Braves to figure out how to dump Hector Olivera; this might be a Yankees – Braves mutual salary dump, with a player added by the Braves to get the Yankees to agree. There is no way Atlanta keeps Olivera long-term. I have been worried that they would force another team to take him, ala Melvin Upton, instead of getting market value out of Teheran or similar upside players. McCann would almost be a relief over getting below value for a good player.
In today’s market, Teheran and his contract is worth a whole lot more than the $30M+ Olivera’s getting. Some have estimated Teheran’s contact can be valued at $100M+ in today’s economy, provided that his production is similar to what it has been (could be worth more the better he plays…)
Why don’t the Braves go and get Hector Sanchez from the Padres… that guy has not often been given a chance to play every day but when he does he’s done well. San injuries… I mean the guy has only had 18 PA’s and he’s still hitting over .300. never understood why he’s not talked about more. Anyone know?
I saw him quite a bit when he was with the Giants – he’s a minus defensively and gets exposed at bat with extended playing time. He’s also had concussion issues – I can think of three over the years and there was talk in the Bay Area last year about whether he’d be able to play again. He’s pretty typical DFA fodder.
Yeah I think he sits too high, he always seemed to be taking one off the face mask or getting hurt. He always seemed like a good backup that had potential to me. I was a middle infielder so don’t know a lot about catching metrics but I suspect he just has bad metrics defensively because if you’re a switch hitting part time catcher hitting..300 and nobody has interest in you, there’s gotta be a reason, I just can’t put my finger on it.
Brave receive catcher Brian McCann and third baseman Chase Headley from the Yankees along with cash considerations of $43.4 Million, $7.4 Million in 2016, $18 Million in 2017 and $18 Million in 2018. The Braves send MLB top 100 left-handed pitching prospect Kolby Allard and team’s top catching prospect Lucas Herbert to the Yankees with relief pitchers Eric O’Flaherty and Jim Johnson. Yankees save 28 Million and pick up two outstanding prospects and veteran relief pitchers. Braves get two years of catcher and third base.
There’s no way the Braves are going to give up Allard for McCann and Headley. I can’t believe the Braves even checked on McCann and hope that they move on. McCann’s best days are long gone!
Would love to see headley go
Dump sabathia and release arod and Tex and go out and get Chris sale
I can see the Yankees starting to make the transition, everyone is on the table. I like this trade, the Yankees will have to pay some of his contract to bring him down to 12 million a year. The more they pay down the better pitching prospect they get. Atlanta gets another show piece like Kemp to open the the new park next year.
I still can’t believe the Yankees got the cubs and Indians to overpay for miller and Chapman.