Yan­kees trade McCann to Astros for prospects

New York gets back 2 mi­nor league pitch­ers for vet­eran catcher

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE -

The Yan­kees traded catcher Brian McCann and $11 mil­lion to the Astros for a pair of mi­nor league pitch­ers.

The New York Yan­kees traded vet­eran catcher Brian McCann and $11 mil­lion to the Hous­ton Astros on Thurs­day for a pair of young mi­nor league pitch­ers.

Hous­ton sent right-han­ders Al­bert Abreu and Jorge Guz­man to the Yan­kees.

McCann is a seven-time All­Star, but his play­ing time di­min­ished in the sec­ond half of the sea­son as rookie Gary Sanchez emerged as a power hit­ter be­hind the plate. Sanchez hit 20 home runs in just 53 games.

The 32-year-old McCann hit .242 with 20 homers and 58 RBIs this year.

“We en­tered the off­sea­son with the ac­qui­si­tion of a catcher as a pri­mary fo­cus,” Astros gen­eral man­ager Jeff Luh­now said in a state­ment.

“Brian McCann is a great fit for the Astros as he is not only a good de­fen­sive catcher, he is also a left-handed hit­ter with proven run-pro­duc­ing abil­ity,” he said. “His ex­pe­ri­ence and his abil­ity to im­pact his team­mates will be a sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fit to our team.”

Ja­son Cas­tro made the most starts at catcher for the Astros last year, bat­ting .210 with 11 homers and 32 RBIs.

Hous­ton and the Yan­kees met in the AL wild-card game in 2015, but nei­ther team reached the play­offs this year.

McCann made his big league de­but with the Braves in 2005. He hit 24 homers the next year and has hit at least 18 home runs in ev­ery sea­son since then.

McCann has 245 ca­reer homers with 888 RBIs while bat­ting

.266.

This was McCann’s third sea­son in New York after sign­ing an $85 mil­lion,

five-year deal as a free agent.

McCann is due $17 mil­lion in each of the next two sea­sons, and the Yan­kees will pay $5.5 mil­lion both years.

The Yan­kees had a $15 mil­lion op­tion for 2019

with no buy­out. The op­tion be­came McCann’s if he had at least 1,000 plate ap­pear­ances com­bined in 2017 and 2018, had at least 90 starts at catcher in 2018 and didn’t end up the 2018 sea­son on the dis­abled

list.

The 21-year-old Abreu was a com­bined 3-8 with a 3.72 ERA for two teams in Class A. The 20-yearold Guz­man was a com­bined 3-4 with a 4.05 ERA with two rook­ielevel teams.

AP FILE

The Yan­kees dealt vet­eran catcher Brian McCann to the Astros for 2 mi­nor league pitch­ers.

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