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Published: Sat, November 12, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

New York Yankees: Trading Brian McCann 'Not Imminent'

New York Yankees: Trading Brian McCann 'Not Imminent'

McCann has slipped significantly since his heyday with the Atlanta Braves.

Though this report does not give the name of the other team that is involved, it does mention the Atlanta Braves, where McCann played for 9 seasons prior to moving over to the American League with the Yankees, as a possible team that would be interested in the catcher.

First off, the Yankees have to find a place that is acceptable to McCann because the seven-time All-Star has a no-trade clause in his contract. The $34 million is owed over the next two years, but McCann has a $15 million vesting option that triggers if he totals 1000 plate appearances over the next two years. The domino effect could lead to the Yankees chasing a big-name bat as a replacement (Yoenis Cespedes?) or giving Clint Frazier a chance to win a starting job in spring training.

One thing does appear clear: The Braves are looking to strike quickly in free agency and on the trade market and do not appear to be afraid to make a splash if they think the deal is right for the club in 2017 and beyond.

Another potential match would be the Astros, who are desperate for both a catcher and a left-handed power bat to insert into the lineup with right-handed hitters Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve and George Springer.

The New York Yankees are at the center of them as they've been linked to several players and teams thus far and among them are the Houston Astros who have an interest in trading for veteran catcher Brian McCann, who has been displaced with the rise of rookie phenom, Gary Sanchez. That would make McCann an nearly ideal match.

If they do that, they'll need a catcher. Who knows which is more likely. Incumbent starter Jason Castro is a free agent, leaving Evan Gattis and Max Stassi as the top internal candidates - and remember, Gattis has caught only 55 games in two seasons since joining the Astros. Furthermore, Astros GM Jeff Luhnow told Morosi earlier today that he foresees the team's payroll escalating next season, so Houston should have the funds to make the move work if Luhnow and Cashman can agree on a prospect return and if McCann approves the deal.

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