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McCann to Yankees

McCann to Yankees

Nov 24, 2013

Long time Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann agreed to terms Saturday with the Yankees on a five-year, $85 million dollar contract. This signing will make the 29-year old the highest paid free agent catcher in MLB history. McCann passes up catchers Joe Mauer and Yadier Molina as the highest paid catcher in baseball. McCann is an Atlanta native and has played his entire career with the Braves, piling up 7 All-Star appearances. Brian McCann’s free agency this offseason attracted almost half of the majors and after his visit to the Bronx, he found his new home.

After being turned downed by McCann for a resigning, the Braves will go with young Evan Gattis as their catcher for 2014. Gattis ranked 1st in RBIs (65) among major league rookies last season and has a ton of power too as he was 2nd in HR’s (21) among rookies. The Braves also have veteran Gerald Laird under contract for 1 more season. “(Gattis) did a real nice job catching, he did a real nice job throwing and calling games,” Braves general manager Frank Wren said this month. “We feel comfortable with him back there…. So if Brian McCann were to sign elsewhere, we would be in a situation where we would have those two as well as Bethancourt coming into spring training competing.”

With McCann being arguably the best hitting catcher in baseball for quite some time, he attracted the attention of many American League teams who could not only use him at catcher, but as a DH too. With Yankee Stadium being known as a hitter’s ball park, it’ll be interesting to see what kind of numbers Brian McCann will put up in 2014.

Photo Credit: Tim Evearitt

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