Ladies and gentlemen, the Brian McCann era has unfortunately come to an end.
According to the YES Network, McCann has waived his no-trade clause and has been traded to the Houston Astros in exchange for RHP’s Albert Abreu and Jorge Guzman. The Yankees will pay $5.5 Million for the next two seasons as part of the deal.
The Yankees had been trying to trade McCann since the team announced Gary Sanchez was going to be the starting catcher in 2017. Regarding McCann, it was never a matter of if they were going to trade him. It was when they were going to trade him.
“At the end of the day McCann, made the decision he still had something left in the tank and wants to catch.” McCann’s agent BB Abbott told Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
Abreu and Guzman aren’t quite ready to help the Yankees in the Bronx; Abreu recently played A-ball and Guzman played Rookie ball. However, here’s what Baseball America had to say about Abreu.
Abreu’s mechanics are smooth yet quick with a short sidestep as he winds up to deliver. Beyond the elite fastball velocity, he has three secondary offerings that show above-average potential.
A talent evaluator on hand said Abreu shows more feel for offspeed pitches than other pitchers his age. The more important factor will be whether he learns to sequence them well enough to line them up as chase pitches.
McCann will be the primary catcher in Houston, with Evan Gattis backing him up.