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Brian McCann | Catcher | #16

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (33) / 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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Brian McCann hit his third homer of the spring off Edinson Volquez as the Astros beat the Marlins 7-3 on Tuesday.
McCann also walked in the game. With a .279 average and an .831 OPS, it's been his best spring since 2010, back when he was with the Braves. His fantasy upside is lower now that he's left Yankee Stadium, but maybe the change will be good for his game offensively; he never hit for any sort of average while always taking aim at that short porch in right field. Mar 28 - 5:16 PM

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Brian McCann collected singles all three times up Sunday against the Yankees.

Apart from 2010, when he had a ridiculous .500/.577/.929 line for the Braves, McCann has never been a big producer in spring training. He's gotten it going this year, though, and is now hitting .323 with two homers and a .912 OPS. That's easily outpace his second-best spring OPS of .802 from last year.
Mar 19 - 4:55 PM

Brian McCann went 3-for-3 with a homer and a double in the Astros' 8-2 defeat of the Nationals on Wednesday.

McCann has two homers in two days after opening the spring 2-for-17. It's a rare spring power outburst for him. He never homered last March, and he hasn't had more than two homers in a Grapefruit League campaign since 2010.
Mar 15 - 4:31 PM

Brian McCann took Jacob deGrom deep for his first homer of the spring Tuesday against the Mets.

McCann had been 2-for-17 this spring. Typically something of a slow starter, he's totaled just seven homers over the last six Grapefruit League campaigns.
Mar 14 - 3:57 PM

Brian McCann went 0-for-2 versus the Marlins on Saturday as his slow spring training continues.

He is now the not-so-proud owner of a .125 batting average and .301 OPS in 16 at-bats. McCann has battled a stomach ailment and missed a few games. He was traded to the Astros from the Yankees in November after batting .242/.335/.413 with 20 longballs and 58 RBI last season.
Mar 11 - 4:29 PM

Brian McCann (stomach) expects to return to Grapefruit League action on Friday.

McCann got sent home early on Wednesday due to a stomach virus, but he returned to Astros camp early Thursday morning feeling fine. The veteran catcher is 0-for-2 with a strikeout and a hit-by-pitch so far in the Grapefruit League.
Mar 2 - 8:38 AM

Brian McCann was sent home Wednesday due to a stomach ailment.

McCann was expected to catch on Wednesday, but Max Stassi will start behind the plate instead. The veteran backstop should be back to normal in the next day or two.
Mar 1 - 10:48 AM

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.
Thu, Nov 17, 2016 05:22:00 PM

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
Wed, Nov 16, 2016 08:59:00 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.
Fri, Nov 11, 2016 01:00:00 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.
Thu, Nov 10, 2016 12:50:00 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.
Wed, Nov 9, 2016 08:01:00 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.
Wed, Nov 9, 2016 06:59:00 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.
Sat, Oct 29, 2016 07:06:00 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
Sat, Oct 22, 2016 09:56:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Brian McCann
2Evan Gattis
3Max Stassi
4Juan Centeno
1B1Yulieski Gurriel
2Marwin Gonzalez
3Tyler White
4A.J. Reed
2B1Jose Altuve
SS1Carlos Correa
3B1Alex Bregman
2Colin Moran
LF1Nori Aoki
2Teoscar Hernandez
CF1George Springer
2Jake Marisnick
RF1Josh Reddick
DH1Carlos Beltran
2Preston Tucker
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Dallas Keuchel
2Collin McHugh
3Lance McCullers
4Charlie Morton
5Mike Fiers
6Joe Musgrove
7Brad Peacock
8David Paulino
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Ken Giles
2Will Harris
3Luke Gregerson
4Tony Sipp
5Chris Devenski
6Michael Feliz
7James Hoyt
8Jandel Gustave
9C.J. Riefenhauser
10Dayan Diaz