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Yankees Hot Stove: 4 reasons to welcome Brian McCann to the Bronx

Finally, the New York Yankees made their first significant move this offseason by signing catcher Brian McCann to a 5-year, $85 million dollar deal with an option for a sixth.

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?

  1. The Yankees desperately needed a legitimate starting catcher.
  2. 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.
  3. 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)
  4. 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.
IMAGE #1 - McCann - 2103 HRS with Yankee Stadium Overlay.

IMAGE #1 – McCann – 2103 HRS with Yankee Stadium Overlay.

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.

And if memory serves me, that description sounds a lot like four-time Word Series champion Jorge Posada, which should make every Yankees fan elated that McCann is coming the Bronx.

 

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4 Comments

  1. Richard says:

    I keep thinking they should bring Posada to dinner with Cash and MCann to seal the deal. Good pick-up. Good Blog. Thanks Sir Hal!!!

    • LLP says:

      Thanks Richard – this signing definitely put a smile on my face!! McCann should fit in perfectly in New York and excited to see that Hal is finally showing that he is the Boss. Now he needs to go sign Cano and Grandy so the Yankees can add those three to Tex and Soriano and can get back to having a power lineup back once again.

      Another scary thing I will write about at some point this week is how freakishly similar Posada and McCann's batting stats are….nothing bad about that.

  2. Richard says:

    I'm starting to get psyched. Guess I'll give Hal a mulligan. I like Beltran over Grandy but we can agree to disagree on that.