It took until just before Thanksgiving, but the Yankees have finally gotten into the Hot Stove mix, signing the top free agent catcher in the market.
According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, The Yankees and Brian McCann have agreed to a five-year, $85 Million contract with a 6th year vesting option that would make the contract 6-years, $100 Million pending a physical. The catching position has been the weak point for the Yankees, posting a .213/.289/.298 batting line after letting Russell Martin walk following the 2012 season. The Yankees had the 5th worst OPS (.587) at the catching position in the majors last year.
McCann returned from shoulder surgery and hit .256/.336/.461 with 20 home runs and 57 RBI over 102 games. The Atlanta Braves gave McCann a qualifying offer, which McCann turned down to hit the free agent market. The Yankees will now have to surrender their first round draft pick (No. 18) after signing McCann.