The New York Yankees have traded over 7-time All-Star Brian McCann to the Houston Astros for prospects RHPs Albert Abreu and Jorge Guzman. The Yankees will also get cash considerations in the deal.
Since signing a 5-year $85 million dollar contract with the Yankees in November 2013, McCann has played as a huge power threat in the lineup hitting 20+ home runs in each of his three seasons with the team. However, his ability to get on base has been mediocre at best totaling a .732 total OPS during his stay in New York.
In addition, fellow catcher, Rookie of the Year runner-up, Gary Sanchez looks to be the real deal. Sanchez surprised everyone posting a 3.2 WAR and even tying McCann’s 20 home runs this past season in 77 games less played. With Sanchez’s upbringing, it didn’t seem like McCann’s tenure with the team would last much longer. With McCann, and recently signed Josh Reddick, the Astros acquire some quality left-handed sluggers to their heavy favored right-handed roster.
The Yankees in return, add two more young pieces to their already stacked farm system. Abreu, 21, was named the Astros’ No. 7 prospect by MLB.com. He finished the 2016 season with a 3-8 record and a 3.72 ERA in 24 games (16 starts) with both Class A Quad Cities as well as Class A Lancaster.
Guzman, 20, totaled a 3-4 record with a 4.05 ERA in 13 games (8 starts) with a WHIP of 1.15 in 40 innings pitched with the GCL Astros and Rookie-level Greenville. According to FOX Reporter, Ken Rosenthal the Astros state Guzman holds “tremendous arm strength but raw.”
The Yankees will pay $5.5 million of the $17 million salary McCann is expected to make over the next two seasons.
– By David Bieber for FingerLakes1.com