• Report: Yankees in agreement with Brian McCann on 5-year, $85 million contract

    Summary of 11 articles · Updated Nov 26, 2013
    What they've done: The Yankees signed catcher Brian McCann to a five-year, $85 million contract with a vesting option that could take the deal to six years and $100 million. Earlier this week, McCann and Abbott visited the Yankees and a source said the Yankees were "aggressively" trying to lock him up. McCann's agent, B.B. While no terms of the Yankees' discussions are yet known, it is believed that if McCann would be willing to make a deal this early in the offseason it would have to be for a very favorable contract. McCann, a Georgia native and second-round draft pick out of high school by Atlanta in 2002, has spent all nine seasons of his major-league career with the Braves. McCann rocketed through the minor leagues, debuting with the Braves in June of 2005 at the tender age of 21, then burst onto the scene in his sophomore season, posting a career-best .333/.388/.572 line with 24 homers, 93 RBI and an OPS+ of 143 over 492 plate appearances. • In his morning column, ESPN's Buster Olney said some executives "see the Mariners as the great sleeping giant in baseball," because of their potential financial clout, lack of long-term contract commitments outside of Felix Hernandez, and solid stable of young players.
    • McCann's presence will be missed in Atlanta

      As the Braves shrugged while waving goodbye to Brian McCann due to monetary constraints, he took his free-agent services to the Yankees over the weekend after receiving more than a few pennies from the Steinbrenners. That's splendid news for those into …
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    • Braves have Gattis to fill void left by McCann

      It will not be easy for the Braves to compensate for all that they received from Brian McCann, who earned seven All-Star selections and won five Silver Slugger Awards since becoming Atlanta's starting catcher in 2006. But as McCann missed this past seas…
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    • Yankees signing of Brian McCann first move of busy offseason  

      So the Yankees are all in now, right? Signing Brian McCann, a perfect fit for them in so many ways, sure seems to be a way of telling the baseball world that for all the talk of age, injuries and the luxury-tax threshold, they have every intention of re…
    • Hot Stove roundup: McCann, Yanks turn up heat

      The Yankees stole the Hot Stove headlines on Saturday, filling their void at catcher by agreeing to a five-year contract with free agent Brian McCann.
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    • McCann leaves Braves for five-year deal with Yanks

      Brian McCann enjoyed nine productive seasons with the Braves, but the free-agent catcher is moving on after agreeing to a five-year contract with the Yankees on Saturday. The Yankees have not announced the deal, which will require McCann to pass a physi…
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