The Astros could be a fit as a trade partner for Yankees C Brian McCann, writes Joel Sherman of the NY Post.
An executive told Cashman that McCann still has enough positive qualities that the Yankees should be able to get back something of value if they trade him -- especially if they eat some of the money left on his contract.
The 32-year-old McCann, who has a full no-trade clause, is owed $34 million through 2018, which would become $45 million through 2019 if his option vests.
He hit .242 with a .335 OBP and .413 SLG with 20 HR and 58 RBI this past season.
Once again, the Yankees have a valuable veteran commodity on their roster in McCann. Add the Astros to McCann's former club, the Braves, as potential suitors as the offseason commences. The veteran catcher might be considered expendable by New York with the emergence of Gary Sanchez.
In late August, I wrote that the Yankees should not make a hasty decision in regard to McCann. My feeling then, and now, is that the Yankees would be wise to maintain McCann's services for the time being.
First, the Yankees will have to think long and hard about the prospect return for McCann and how much they are willing to kick in (if anything) for the $34 million left on his deal, which runs through 2018. It is also important to note that McCann would have to waive his no-trade clause, which could limit destinations and thus the terms of any trade.
Next, while Sanchez was a magnificent story, he has just over 200 at-bats to his MLB resume, and could still use some fine-tuning behind the plate. Who better than McCann to help Sanchez learn some more tricks of the trade and provide insurance if Sanchez happens to take a step back in 2017?
Further, McCann still possesses some pop with the bat (he hit 20 home runs in 2016, marking the ninth straight season with at least that many) and the Yankees will need a left-handed power presence in the lineup with Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran (switch-hitters with more power from the left side) no longer on the roster.
McCann, who turns 33 years old in February, could certainly benefit at the plate from the rest he would garner as a full-time designated hitter and Sanchez's backup.
Finally, the youth movement is great, but we should not discount the need for some veterans to be sprinkled through the roster. McCann is considered a valued teammate and certainly someone who can provide an experienced voice in the clubhouse.