Brian McCann will be in pinstripes. The Yankees just grabbed the All-Star catcher for 5 years … $85 million: http://t.co/AITRPPtSaH
— ESPN (@espn) November 24, 2013
One point for Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner for acquiring one of the best backstop’s in the game from the get-go.
More importantly, McCann fills the gaping hole behind the dish left after the Yankees let Russell Martin walk to Pittsburgh last offseason.
The Yankees had told Martin they could not afford his contractual demands, so he signed a $15 million, two-year deal with the Pirates.
I hate to say I told you so, but last season I wrote that being cheap with Martin was a big mistake that would come back to bite Hal. And boy did it ever, and right in his wallet too.
Why is McCann worth $17 million a season?
- The Yankees desperately needed a legitimate starting catcher.
- McCann is 29-years old and pending if the sixth year vesting option is met; he will be turn 34 or 35 years old when his contract is up, which is practically a baby in Yankees years.
- His lefty bat is tailored for the short right porch in Yankee Stadium, and McCann can DH later in his contract. Also, he can take over for Mark Teixeira at first base in four-years. (Please refer to image #1 courtesy of ESPN Home Run Tracker)
- McCann is a clubhouse leader and has a tough as nails persona reputation of holding teammates accountable. With Captain Derek Jeter’s retirement coming soon, along with the noticable absence of both Pettitte and Rivera starting this season, McCann’s arrival comes at the ideal time.
The bottom line is a catcher was a need that needed to be filled, and the Yankees paid the best player to fix it.
Even through McCann has caught a ton of innings already and doesn’t have the best throwing arm, he brings a gritty, power bat and serious guts behind the dish.