Brian McCann Trade Rumors: Latest News and Speculation on Yankees C

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 16: Brian McCann #34 of the New York Yankees in action against the Toronto Blue Jays during a game at Yankee Stadium on August 16, 2016 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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New York Yankees catcher and designated hitter Brian McCann has continued to be the subject of trade rumors this offseason.

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Yankees Deny That Trade for McCann is "Imminent"

Thursday, Nov. 10

Yankees general manager and senior vice president Brian Cashman indicated Thursday that "A McCann trade does not appear imminent," according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network. On Friday, Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan noted the Yankees are willing to pay half of McCann's $34 million salary, but they want multiple young players in return.  

McCann, 32, has been the subject of trade rumors this week, with Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reporting Wednesday the Houston Astros were "pursuing" a trade for the veteran designated hitter and catcher.

Also on Wednesday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported the Yankees were in talks regarding McCann with the Astros, Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals. So a trade for McCann might not be "imminent," but it certainly feels like there is a healthy market developing for his services.

McCann Trade Won't Be Easy for Yankees 

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Trading him won't necessarily be easy, however.

McCann has a full no-trade clause in his contract, is due $34 million over the next two years and reportedly "no longer wants to catch 125 to 130 games," according to Rosenthal (it's worth noting Sherman reported McCann still wanted to be a regular catcher). Gary Sanchez is locked into the starting role in New York, so McCann would remain the backup and the primary designated hitter if he remained in New York.

And indeed, those are three pretty tricky factors to navigate for the Yankees, and if McCann indeed would prefer a designated hitter role, it could make any National League team unfavorable. 

Well, any team outside of Atlanta.

"He calls that home and loves it in the offseason," McCann’s agent, B.B. Abbott, said of the city, per Sherman. "He would look hypothetically at them very seriously if Cash is able to do it. If it is a team a little closer to home that has a chance to contend that fits X, Y and Z, Mac will look at it and determine if it is a fit."

While McCann had a solid offensive season, hitting .242 with 20 home runs and 58 RBI, the Yankees certainly could upgrade at designated hitter. But McCann also seems happy in New York and would be content remaining with the club.

"He has always approached this as I am a New York Yankee until they ask his permission otherwise," Abbott noted. "I don’t think this is a slam dunk that it happens, I really don’t. He made a choice to be in New York because that is where he wants to be and he got a full no-trade clause because of that."


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