A Boston Red Sox championship is clearly not sitting well with Brian Cashman.
That’s because Brian McCann and the Yankees have agreed to terms on a 5-year $85 million dollar contract, according to sources. The deal is pending a physical and also includes a vesting option for a 6th season that could bring the total to $100 million dollars.
McCann, 29, solidifies the catcher spot for the Yankees after the team let Russell Martin walk last off-season, Francisco Cervelli was lost for the season in April, and Chris Stewart was forced to be the everyday catcher.
In 109 games, Stewart was overexposed hitting .211 with 4 home runs and 25 RBIs. Last season with the Braves, McCann hit .257 with 20 home-runs and 56 RBIs.
The strength of the Yankees farm system is at catcher. Austin Romine, JR Murphy, and Gary Sanchez are all highly thought of. McCann allows general manager Brian Cashman to use that depth as trade bait to improve other areas of the team.
With McCann in the fold, the Yankees can move forward in pursuing Japanese star Masahiro Tanaka, Shin Soo Choo, and Robinson Cano.