Maddon: “McCann best move of Yankees offseason”


Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon is a fan of many of the moves the Yankees made this offseason, but there’s one move that he enjoys more than the others: the signing of Brian McCann.

“McCann, it starts right there for me. To be able to get McCann behind the plate, what he brings … not just the hitting, the potential home runs to right field, but what he does toughness-wise and what he does in regards to preparation,’’ Maddon said to the New York Post before Sunday’s 3-3 tie at George M. Steinbrenner Field. “And when the pitchers fall in love with that kind of stuff they pitch better. To me, that’s probably the most important acquisition.’’

Maddon also enjoys the signings of Masahiro Tanaka, Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran, but he’s leery of the Ellsbury signing, simply because it places Ellsbury and Brett Gardner side by side in the outfield. Maddon even went as far as comparing Ellsbury and Gardner to Ellsbury and Shane Victorino, both who were on the Boston Red Sox World Series Championship team last season.

“Ellsbury is great. Ellsbury and Gardner together could be a lot like Ellsbury and [Shane] Victorino were last year in Boston,’’ Maddon said. “That part worries me a little bit because if that starts rolling, that’s hard to stop.”

But even with the conversation drifting to Ellsbury and Gardner, the conversation came back to Brian McCann, a player Joe Maddon believes the Yankees should now revolve around.

“I think it all revolves around McCann.” Maddon said. “I think the McCann signing was pretty significant.’’

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