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Brian McCann | Catcher | #30

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (32) / 2/20/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 225
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 2 (0) / ATL
Contract: view contract details
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Astros acquired C Brian McCann and cash considerations from the Yankees for RHPs Albert Abreu and Jorge Guzman.
The two sides have been linked for a couple of weeks now and they were finally able to get a deal done. McCann also had to waive his no-trade clause. Per ESPN's Buster Olney, the Yankees will cover $11 million of the $34 million owed to McCann over the next two seasons. McCann, who turns 33 in February, is coming off a year where he batted .242/.335/.413 with 20 homers and 58 RBI in 492 plate appearances. He was slated to be the regular designated hitter in New York, but he'll presumably serve as the primary catcher in Houston. Nov 17 - 5:22 PM

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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal writes that the Astros and Yankees "seemingly are at an impasse" regarding trade talks on Brian McCann.

The exact sticking point is unclear. McCann currently projects to serve as the regular DH with the Yankees, but he'd presumably share catching duties with Evan Gattis if a deal gets done with Houston. The Astros have alternative options if things don't work out. Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan recently reported that the Yankees have expressed a willingness to cover half of the $34 million remaining on McCann's contract, but that they would want multiple top young players in return. McCann turns 33 in February and batted .242/.335/.413 with 20 homers and 58 RBI this past season. His contract includes a full no-trade clause.
Source: FOX Sports
Nov 16 - 8:59 AM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Yankees have expressed a willingness to pay down half of Brian McCann's remaining contract in a trade if it means getting multiple top young players in return.

McCann is owed $17 million each of the next two seasons and has a $15 million team/vesting option for 2019. He's expendable with Gary Sanchez taking over as the Yankees' starting catcher, although they could keep McCann around and use him primarily in the designated hitter spot. Ultimately there figures to be enough interest to move him, although keep in mind that McCann has a full no-trade clause. The Braves and Astros are two teams that are reportedly interested in the veteran catcher.
Nov 11 - 1:00 PM

Yankees GM Brian Cashman told reporters Thursday that a Brian McCann trade is not imminent.

McCann is probably going to get moved at some point this offseason, but it won't happen at the GM Meetings, which are now wrapping up in Arizona. MLB Network's Jon Morosi tweeted Wednesday that the Astros are among the teams interested in trading for McCann, who batted .242/.335/.413 with 20 home runs and 58 RBI in 130 games this past season for New York. A return to Atlanta is also a possibility. McCann, 32, is owed $17 million each of the next two seasons with a $15 million vesting option for 2019.
Nov 10 - 12:50 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Astros are interested in trading for Brian McCann.

Earlier on Wednesday, the New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand relayed that the Yankees had found a potential mystery trade partner for their veteran backstop. Connecting the dots here, that team looks like it is the Astros. The New York Post's Joel Sherman speculated on this possibility near the end of October. McCann has two years left on his five-year, $85 million contract and possesses a no-trade clause. While the Yankees and Astros might eventually consummate a deal here, there is nothing imminent on that front.
Nov 9 - 8:01 PM

The New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand reports that the Yankees have found a trade partner for Brian McCann.

Alas, Feinsand doesn't name names, so it is not yet known which team is gunning hardest for the veteran backstop. In late October, the New York Post's Joel Sherman floated the possibility that the Astros could be one team in the running for McCann's services. The Braves are another outfit that has been connected to McCann. He has a no-trade clause on his contract.
Nov 9 - 6:59 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post believes the Astros could make a run at Brian McCann this offseason.

Sherman said to "keep an eye out" for the Astros if the Yankees make McCann available in a trade this offseason. The Astros are looking to add a left-handed bat and might be in the market for a catcher with Jason Castro headed for free agency. Gary Sanchez's emergence behind the plate has made McCann expendable. McCann has two years remaining on his five-year, $85 million contract. That deal also includes an option for 2019.
Oct 29 - 7:06 PM

Mark Bowman of MLB.com speculates that the Braves could reconsider approaching the Yankees about trading for Brian McCann this offseason.

The Braves are in the market for another catcher to pair with Tyler Flowers, and with the free agent market looking quite barren in terms of quality backstops, a reunion with McCann continues to make sense. The Yankees, who demanded either Mike Foltynewicz or Ender Inciarte the last time these two squads discussed a deal, will have to lower their asking price if a deal is to be consummated.
Source: MLB.com
Oct 22 - 9:56 AM

Brian McCann said over the weekend that he hopes to be back with the Yankees next season.

Gary Sanchez has firmly established himself as the Yankees' new regular catcher, so McCann currently projects to get most of his playing time out of the DH spot. There were rumors around the August 1 trade deadline about a possible return to the Braves, but McCann hopes to return for the fourth season of his five-year, $85 million deal. "I hope I’m back," said McCann. "I’m not sure how it’s all going to play out, but the future is extremely bright here. … I love it here. I love everything about it. Bright future. And I hope I’m a part of it." McCann has a full no-trade clause, so he can control his own destiny as far as a potential landing spot. The 32-year-old batted .242/.335/.413 with 20 homers and 58 RBI over 130 games this year.
Oct 5 - 8:49 AM

Brian McCann went 2-for-4 with a solo home run as the Yankees ended their season with a loss to the Orioles on Sunday.

He took Kevin Gausman deep for the solo jack in the fourth inning. It was his 20th longball of the season. He finished the year batting .242/.335/.413 with 58 RBI and 56 runs scored in 429 at-bats. It remains to be seen how much playing time he will get next year due to the emergence of Gary Sanchez.
Oct 2 - 5:49 PM

Brian McCann went 4-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in a win over the Rays on Wednesday.

All four hits were singles. The first one plated Jacoby Ellsbury in the first inning. McCann then came around to score on a Ronald Torreyes single. McCann is no longer the fantasy stud he was back when he played for the Braves, but he is still a good, solid producer in a year where catcher has been a barren wasteland for fantasy leaguers. He is batting .241/.333/.414 with 19 homers and 56 RBI in 120 games.
Sep 21 - 10:42 PM

Brian McCann is not in the Yankees lineup for Saturday afternoon's tilt against the Red Sox.

Getting him a breather against tough left-hander David Price isn't a terrible idea. Austin Romine will start behind the dish and bat eighth for the Bombers on Saturday.
Sep 17 - 10:46 AM

Brian McCann homered twice and had three hits in Thursday's win over the Rays.

McCann took Rays starter Alex Cobb deep twice in the contest, once in the second inning and again the fourth. He's got three homers in three games, a sign that his power stroke may be coming around after he went cold in July and August, hitting just four homers combined over the two months. The 32-year-old has 19 homers and 55 RBI overall, batting .240/.333/.420 in 111 games.
Sep 8 - 11:10 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Braves and Yankees will put their talks involving Brian McCann on hold until after the season.

The two clubs came close to consummating a deal before the trade deadline, and there was again interest before the waiver deadline, but the two sides were unable to reach an accord. The Yankees are ready for Gary Sanchez to work full-time behind the dish next season and the Braves seek a veteran presence behind the plate to handle their young pitching staff, so there could be a match here over the winter.
Sep 1 - 7:57 PM

Brian McCann is not with the Yankees Friday following the passing of his grandmother.

He could be away on Saturday, too. The Yankees have Gary Sanchez at catcher, Chase Headley in the designated hitter spot and Ronald Torreyes is at third base Friday.
Aug 26 - 3:58 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Brian McCann
2Max Stassi
1B1A.J. Reed
2Marwin Gonzalez
3Tyler White
2B1Jose Altuve
SS1Carlos Correa
3B1Alex Bregman
2Colin Moran
LF1Nori Aoki
2Tony Kemp
CF1Jake Marisnick
2Teoscar Hernandez
RF1George Springer
DH1Evan Gattis
2Yulieski Gurriel
3Preston Tucker
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Dallas Keuchel
2Collin McHugh
3Lance McCullers
4Charlie Morton
5Mike Fiers
6Joe Musgrove
7Brad Peacock
8Reymin Guduan
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Ken Giles
2Will Harris
3Luke Gregerson
4Tony Sipp
5Chris Devenski
6Michael Feliz
7David Paulino
8Jandel Gustave
9James Hoyt
10Brady Rodgers
11Kevin Chapman