Brian McCann Signing Proves The Yankees Are Not Thinking About A Rebuild: Try A Reload!
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For those people who thought the Yankees were going to begin a rebuild project in the Bronx, forget about it.
This is the 27 time World Series Champions way of saying, “we intend to be around for a long time.”
The Yankees will still try to come under the $189 Luxury Tax Threshold, but that doesn’t mean they wont finagle around it with the Free Agents they bring in for next year.
Brian McCann Highlights
The New York Yankees have seen several of their Catchers of their history lead their teams to championships.
McCann’s Left Handed bat presence will seek the Right Field bleachers at a regular clip.
At age 29, this deal makes a lot of sense. If the team can receive three Catching years from the former Brave, they should have the heir apparent waiting in Gary Sanchez anyway.
A move to 1B or DH role may be in the cards for him as well. Mark Teixeira is signed through the 2016 season, however his production has dropped off drastically in recent years. McCann could be there by 2017.
Yes the Yankees are all old, but if they can resign Robinson Cano, they can build the club around the 2B and Catcher positions.
I was pretty surprised that Texas didn’t pose much of a challenge for McCann’s services, as there isn’t many options left for a Starting Catcher. The Rangers should probably go ahead and resign A.J. Pierzynski.
The Yankees will be back to business as usual in 2015 for Team Salary, as such, any holes that are glaring next winter, could be filled for the following campaign.
There is no doubt in my mind McCann will have at least 3 productive years behind the plate.
As an average to an above average defender, and good game caller, this should also benefit the pitching staff, and in particular, if they have to use more young pitchers in 2014.
$15 MIL per year is not that bad considering what some of the other Free Agents will go for this winter.
The Yankees will have a great defensive option in Austin Romine late in games. We are seeing a trend of what could take place with Brendan Ryan inking a deal prior to McCann.
New York’s bench will also feature Vernon Wells, who was able to drive in 50 RBI.
McCann could also see some AB as DH in the American League.
The Yankees have been talking to Raul Ibanez for a return for the 2014 year. I like this move too.
Ibanez hits against RHP very well, and you could see him platoon at DH with Wells, Jeter and potentially even move to the OF.
With the ability to rest in that position, McCann should be able to maximize his At-Bats.
it was a wise decision for the man originally from Athens, GA. If McCann would have gone to Texas, he would have a tough time playing all the time in the Texas heat.
If the man wins a World Series with the Yankees, just think of the historical significance with the rest of the Catcher that have played there before him.
With the Yankees waiting on the A-ROD verdict to see what kind of money they have left for the budget, I really think that Brian Cashman has got to be working overtime right now.
If the Yanks are unable to sign Cano, the team will need to have a plan B.
I have said all along – why don’t you sign Mark Reynolds for coverage on the 1B and 3B?
The good news is they addressed a problem that plagued them all 2013 season, and they brought in the best offensive Catcher they have had since Posada began to slow down about 6 or 7 years ago.
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Posted on November 24, 2013, in Free Agency, The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged @MLBreports on twitter, AL East, austin romine, bill dickey, Brendan Ryan, brian cashman, Brian McCann, derek jeter, gary sanchez, joe girardi, jorge posada, mark reynolds, mark teixeira, new york yankees, raul ibanez, texas rangers, thurman munson, vernon wells, yogi berra. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.