Could Brian McCann be available this winter?

The Yankees don’t technically have a starting catcher lined up for the 2013 season, and there may be a late arrival to the radar for said job. According to Buster Olney, the Braves aren’t guaranteed to bring Brian McCann back for the 2013 season, and could look to trade him to free up payroll space. McCann, a former All-Star who had a dreadful 2012 season and just had shoulder surgery a week ago today. he’s expected to be ready to play next year, but the Braves may not be feeling as good about his $12 million option now as they once were.

Olney speculates that the Braves could attempt to negotiate a lower salary with McCann, but that seems unlikely to work, given that McCann would be eligible for free agency if the Braves were to buy out his option. That leaves picking up his option and trading him as the most likely means to a move, and here the question becomes what the Braves would want in return. McCann is coming off of his worst big league season, having hit just .230/.300/.399 (86 wRC+), but that was definitely an outlier. He’s had a wRC+ of at least 119 in every season from 2006-11 with the sole exception of 2007, and hit .270/.351/.466 in 2011. He’s also pretty well regarded for his work behind the plate, especially his pitch framing skills. He will be coming off of shoulder surgery, however, and would only be under the control of the acquiring team for one season.

It’s obviously hard to get a gauge on what teams might do in terms of making trades, but if the Braves really are interested in getting rid of McCann’s salary, he could be a perfect fit for the Yankees as they continue to try to develop their catcher of the future.

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Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

3 thoughts on “Could Brian McCann be available this winter?

  1. I'd rather have Martin back on a one-and-one or even a two-year deal. His defense and handling of the pitching staff have been superb, he's durable, he gets on base at an acceptable clip and knows how to work a count even when he does make an out, plus he's got some pop. His low batting average will probably scare other teams away, so I don't think the Yankees would have to overpay him at all. If he does walk, McCann is a good option, but personally, I'd give Martin a decent offer before pursuing a trade for a catcher coming off shoulder surgery.

  2. I like MacCann because it's somewhat of a buy Low deal. Or course, the same can be said for Martin. The only issue with McCann is he is a LH bat. Good for HRs, bad for our lineup with is (currently) already Lefty heavy.

    But what are we talking about for money?
    2/$12m for Martin?
    3/$40m for McCann.
    We gotta remember our budget!

  3. McCann's shoulder issues scare me. Martin is a good catcher and a better hitter than his average shows. I'd keep him for 2 years with the hope that one of the kids will be ready to take over by 2015.